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dust

dust

 
pronunciation:
duhst
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
bite the dust
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: dry, fine particles of soil or other substances.
The horsed kicked up a cloud of dust.
 
definition 2: fine particles of substances that are found in the air.
She studied the dust in the air, visible within the stream of sunlight coming through her window.
definition 3: the ultimate state of matter or of human beings that results from decay.
definition 4: the top layer of the earth's surface; ground.
similar words:
soil
definition 5: that which is worthless.
definition 6: commotion; uproar.
He can't go home until the dust settles.
phrase: bite the dust
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: dusted, dusting, dusts
definition 1: to clean dust from.
definition 2: to cover with dust or other fine, powdery substance.
The gymnast dusted her hands with chalk.
definition 3: to scatter over like dust.
Stars dusted the sky.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to remove dust from household furnishings.
I must dust tomorrow.
definition 2: to put powder or dust on oneself or on an object.
She dusted with sweet-smelling powder.
Word Builder: dust +
  • dust bag:
    a bag that you attach to a vacuum cleaner to hold dust.
  • dust cloth:
    a cloth for wiping dust.
  • dustpan:
    a pan that you sweep dust into.
  • dusty:
    covered in dust.
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