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. [R.] “To touch a dust of England's ground.”
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; hence: (Slang) Coined money; cash.
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.]
Dust 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.
2. To sprinkle with dust.
3. To reduce to a fine powder; to levigate.
To dyst one's jacket, to give one a flogging. [Slang.]
n 1: fine powdery material such as dry earth or pollen that can
be blown about in the air; "the furniture was covered
2: the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken
up [syn: debris, junk, rubble, detritus]
3: free microscopic particles of solid material; "astronomers
say that the empty space between planets actually contains
measurable amounts of dust"
v 1: remove the dust from; "dust the cabinets"
2: rub the dust over a surface so as to blur the outlines of a
shape; "The artist dusted the charcoal drawing down to a
3: cover with a light dusting of a substance; "dust the bread
4: distribute loosely; "He scattered gun powder under the
wagon" [syn: scatter, sprinkle, dot, disperse]
Storms of sand and dust sometimes overtake Eastern travellers.
They are very dreadful, many perishing under them. Jehovah
threatens to bring on the land of Israel, as a punishment for
forsaking him, a rain of "powder and dust" (Deut. 28:24).
To cast dust on the head was a sign of mourning (Josh. 7:6);
and to sit in dust, of extreme affliction (Isa. 47:1). "Dust" is
used to denote the grave (Job 7:21). "To shake off the dust from
one's feet" against another is to renounce all future
intercourse with him (Matt. 10:14; Acts 13:51). To "lick the
dust" is a sign of abject submission (Ps. 72:9); and to throw
dust at one is a sign of abhorrence (2 Sam. 16:13; comp. Acts