dust


Definition: Meaning of, dust in English to English dictionary.

Pronunciation: / dʌst /

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  1. dry powder consisting of extremely small bits of dirt that is in buildings on furniture, floors etc if they are not kept clean
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  2. dry powder consisting of extremely small bits of earth or sand
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  3. powder consisting of extremely small bits of a particular substance
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  4. a dust British English the act of dusting something
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  5. let the dust settle/wait for the dust to settle to allow or wait for a confused situation to become clear
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dust dusted dusted
Present Participle Third Person Singular
dusting dusts
  1. [intransitive and transitive] to clean the dust from a surface by moving something such as a soft cloth across it
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  2. also dust down , dust off [transitive] to remove something such as dust or dirt from your clothes by brushing them with your hands
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  3. [transitive] to put a fine powder over something
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dust used in phrases

  • Dust Bowl
    1. the Dust Bowl a large area of the south-central US, including parts of Kansas and Oklahoma where, in the 1930s, strong winds and lack of rain caused EROSION of the soil (= when the top layer of earth is blown away), so that the land became unsuitable for farming. As a result, many farmers became very poor and had to leave their farms.
  • angel dust (noun)
    1. originally in the form of powder or 'dust' a drug used as an anaesthetic by veterinarians; illicitly taken for its effects as a hallucinogen
  • bite the dust (verb)
    1. informal to die, quit, or fail
  • brick dust (noun)
    1. dust of pounded or broken bricks
  • chalk dust (noun)
    1. dust resulting from writing with a piece of chalk
  • cosmic dust (noun)
    1. clouds of particles or gases occurring throughout interstellar space
  • diamond dust (noun)
    1. small crystals of ice
  • dust bag (noun)
    1. a bag into which dirt is sucked by a vacuum cleaner
  • dust bowl (noun)
    1. an area of land that has DUST STORM s and very long periods without rain
  • dust bunny (noun)
    1. a small ball of dust that forms in a place that is not cleaned regularly, such as under furniture
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dust used in phrasal verbs

  • dust down (phrasal verb)
    1. to wipe dust or dirt off the surface of something
    2. dust yourself down to quickly try something again or continue to do what you were doing after a problem or failure, without getting upset
  • dust off (phrasal verb)
    1. to get something ready to use that you have not used for a long time
    2. to wipe dust or dirt off the surface of something
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Pronunciation: ˈseɪvɪŋz baŋk trʌst
Parts of Speech: noun
a savings account deposited by someone who makes themselves the trustee for a beneficiary and who controls it during their lifetime; afterward the balance is payable to the previously named beneficiary