Dust


Dust
Dust Dust (d[u^]st), n. [AS. dust; cf. LG. dust, D. duist meal dust, OD. doest, donst, and G. dunst vapor, OHG. tunist, dunist, a blowing, wind, Icel. dust dust, Dan. dyst mill dust; perh. akin to L. fumus smoke, E. fume. [root]71.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. --Gen. iii. 19. [1913 Webster]

Stop! -- for thy tread is on an empire's dust. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

2. A single particle of earth or other matter. [R.] ``To touch a dust of England's ground.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. The earth, as the resting place of the dead. [1913 Webster]

For now shall sleep in the dust. --Job vii. 21. [1913 Webster]

4. The earthy remains of bodies once alive; the remains of the human body. [1913 Webster]

And you may carve a shrine about my dust. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

5. Figuratively, a worthless thing. [1913 Webster]

And by the merit of vile gold, dross, dust. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. Figuratively, a low or mean condition. [1913 Webster]

[God] raiseth up the poor out of the dust. --1 Sam. ii. 8. [1913 Webster]

7. Gold dust; hence: (Slang) Coined money; cash. [1913 Webster]

{Down with the dust}, deposit the cash; pay down the money. [Slang] ``My lord, quoth the king, presently deposit your hundred pounds in gold, or else no going hence all the days of your life. . . . The Abbot down with his dust, and glad he escaped so, returned to Reading.'' --Fuller.

{Dust brand} (Bot.), a fungous plant ({Ustilago Carbo}); -- called also {smut}.

{Gold dust}, fine particles of gold, such as are obtained in placer mining; -- often used as money, being transferred by weight.

{In dust and ashes}. See under {Ashes}.

{To bite the dust}. See under {Bite}, v. t.

{To raise dust}, or

{To kick up dust}, to make a commotion. [Colloq.]

{To throw dust in one's eyes}, to mislead; to deceive. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • dust — ► NOUN 1) fine, dry powder consisting of tiny particles of earth or waste matter. 2) any material in the form of tiny particles: coal dust. 3) an act of dusting. ► VERB 1) remove dust from the surface of. 2) cover lightly with a powdered… …   English terms dictionary

  • dust|y — «DUHS tee», adjective, dust|i|er, dust|i|est. 1. covered with dust; filled with dust: »He found some dusty old books in the attic. 2. like dust; dry and powdery: »dusty ch …   Useful english dictionary

  • Dust — (d[u^]st), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dusted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dusting}.] 1. To free from dust; to brush, wipe, or sweep away dust from; as, to dust a table or a floor. [1913 Webster] 2. To sprinkle with dust. [1913 Webster] 3. To reduce to a fine… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dust — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Dust Álbum de Screaming Trees Publicación 1996 Grabación 1996 …   Wikipedia Español

  • dust|er — «DUHS tuhr», noun. 1. a person or thing that dusts. 2. a cloth, brush, or the like, used to get dust off things. 3. an apparatus for sifting or blowing dry poisons on plants to kill insects. 4. a contrivance for removing dust by sifting; sieve. 5 …   Useful english dictionary

  • dust-up — dust ups N COUNT A dust up is a quarrel that often involves some fighting. [INFORMAL] He s now facing suspension after a dust up with the referee. Syn: scrap …   English dictionary

  • dust — [n] tiny particles in the air ashes, cinders, dirt, dust bunnies*, earth, filth, flakes, fragments, gilings, granules, grime, grit, ground, lint, loess, powder, refuse, sand, smut, soil, soot; concept 437 dust [v] sprinkle tiny particles… …   New thesaurus

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  • dust — is used as a simile for annihilation (2 Kgs. 13:7). In the NT dust on the head was a sign of repentance (Rev. 18:19) but when shaken off the feet it was either a warning of judgement [[➝ Judgement]] to come (perhaps Matt. 10:14) or a gesture of… …   Dictionary of the Bible