Dust

Definition of Dust

Pronunciation: dŭst
n.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.
Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
- Gen. iii. 19.
Stop! - for thy tread is on an empire's dust.
- Byron.
2.A single particle of earth or other matter.
3.The earth, as the resting place of the dead.
For now shall sleep in the dust.
- Job vii. 21.
4.The earthy remains of bodies once alive; the remains of the human body.
And you may carve a shrine about my dust.
- Tennyson.
5.Figuratively, a worthless thing.
And by the merit of vile gold, dross, dust.
- Shak.
6.Figuratively, a low or mean condition.
[God] raiseth up the poor out of the dust.
- 1 Sam. ii. 8.
7.Gold dust
Down with the dust
deposit the cash; pay down the money.
Dust brand
(Bot.) a fungous plant (Ustilago Carbo); - called also smut.
- Fuller.
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
to make a commotion.
To throw dust in one's eyes
to mislead; to deceive.
v. t.1.To free from dust; to brush, wipe, or sweep away dust from; as, to dust a table or a floor.
[imp. & p. p. Dusted; p. pr. & vb. n. Dusting.]
2.To sprinkle with dust.
3.To reduce to a fine powder; to levigate.
To dyst one's jacket
to give one a flogging.

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