- The definition of dust is fine bits of dirt or other matter that hangs in the air and settles on surfaces.
An example of dust is the dirt that gathers on top of books sitting on a shelf.
- Dust is defined as to sprinkle powdery substances onto something, or to remove powdery substances from something.
- An example of dust is applying a light amount of powder to the face.
- An example of dust is using a cloth to remove fine dirt from the top of frames hung on a wall.
A gloved hand wiping dust from a table.
dust definition by Webster's New World
- powdery earth or other matter in bits fine enough to be easily suspended in air
- a cloud of such matter
- confusion; turmoil
- earth, esp. as the place of burial
- mortal remains disintegrated or thought of as disintegrating to earth or dust
- a humble or abject condition
- anything worthless
- Brit. ashes, rubbish, etc.
- ☆ gold dust
- Archaic a particle
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English akin to MLowG: for Indo-European base see dun
- to sprinkle with dust or a fine powdery substance: to dust crops with an insecticide
- to sprinkle (powder, etc.) on something
- to rid of dust, as by brushing, shaking, or wiping: often with off
- Archaic to make dusty
- to remove dust, esp. from furniture, floors, etc.
- to bathe in dust: said of a bird
dust definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Fine, dry particles of matter.
- A cloud of fine, dry particles.
- Particles of matter regarded as the result of disintegration: fabric that had fallen to dust over the centuries.
- a. Earth, especially when regarded as the substance of the grave: “ashes to ashes, dust to dust” (Book of Common Prayer).b. The surface of the ground.
- A debased or despised condition.
- Something of no worth.
- Chiefly British Rubbish readied for disposal.
- Confusion; agitation; commotion: won't go back in until the dust settles.
- To remove dust from by wiping, brushing, or beating: dust the furniture.
- To sprinkle with a powdery substance: dusted the cookies with sugar; dust crops with fertilizer.
- To apply or strew in fine particles: dusted talcum powder on my feet.
- Baseball To deliver a pitch so close to (the batter) as to make the batter back away.
- To clean by removing dust.
- To cover itself with such particulate matter. Used of a bird.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English dūst.
dust - Phrases/Idioms
bite the dust
lick the dust
make the dust fly
- to act energetically
- to move swiftly
shake the dust off one's feet
throw dust in someone's eyes
in the dust
make the dust fly