Fabric that had fallen to dust over the centuries.
Won't go back in until the dust settles.
Dust the furniture.
Dusted the cookies with sugar; dust crops with fertilizer.
Dusted talcum powder on my feet.
To dust crops with an insecticide.
The cleaning lady needs a stool to dust the cupboard.
Dusting always makes me cough.
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.
An example of dust is the dirt that gathers on top of books sitting on a shelf.
- Far behind, as in a race or competition:A marketing strategy that left our competitors in the dust.
- To go about a task with great energy and speed.
- to die, esp. in battle
- to stop existing or functioning; fail, break, etc.
- to prepare to use
- to surpass or outstrip readily
- to be servile; grovel: cf. Mic. 7:17
- to act energetically
- to move swiftly
- to leave with disdain or contempt: cf. Matt. 10:14
- to mislead or deceive someone
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of dust
- Middle English from Old English dūst
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English dust, doust, from Old English dust, dūst (“dust, dried earth reduced to powder; other dry material reduced to powder”), from the fusion of Proto-Germanic *dustą (“dust”) and Proto-Germanic *dunstą (“mist, dust, evaporation”), both from Proto-Indo-European *dʰewes-, *dʰews-, *dʰwAn-, *dʰūw- (“to smoke, raise dust”). Cognate with Scots dust, dist (“dust”), Dutch duist (“pollen, dust”) and dons (“down, fuzz”), German Dust (“dust”) and Dunst (“haze”), Swedish dust (“dust”), Icelandic dust (“dust”), Latin fūmus (“smoke, steam”). Also related to Swedish dun (“down, fluff”), Icelandic dúnn (“down, fluff”). See down.