Fine, dry particles of earth or other matter, so comminuted that they may be raised and wafted by the wind; that which is crumbled to minute portions; fine powder; as, clouds of dust; bone dust.
- 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.
- Earth, especially when regarded as the substance of the grave: "ashes to ashes, dust to dust” ( Book of Common Prayer).
- 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.
- dust off To restore to use: dusted off last year's winter coat.
- in the dust Far behind, as in a race or competition: a marketing strategy that left our competitors in the dust.
- make the dust fly To go about a task with great energy and speed.