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DUST

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dust mean? 

DUST (noun)
  The noun DUST has 3 senses:

1. fine powdery material such as dry earth or pollen that can be blown about in the air
2. the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
3. free microscopic particles of solid material

  Familiarity information: DUST used as a noun is uncommon.


DUST (verb)
  The verb DUST has 4 senses:

1. remove the dust from
2. rub the dust over a surface so as to blur the outlines of a shape
3. cover with a light dusting of a substance
4. distribute loosely

  Familiarity information: DUST used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DUST (noun)


Sense 1dust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fine powdery material such as dry earth or pollen that can be blown about in the air

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Context example:

the furniture was covered with dust

Hypernyms ("dust" is a kind of...):

particulate; particulate matter (a small discrete mass of solid or liquid matter that remains individually dispersed in gas or liquid emissions (usually considered to be an atmospheric pollutant))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dust"):

chalk dust (dust resulting from writing with a piece of chalk)

fallout; radioactive dust (the radioactive particles that settle to the ground after a nuclear explosion)


Sense 2dust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

debris; detritus; junk; rubble; dust

Hypernyms ("dust" is a kind of...):

rubbish; scrap; trash (worthless material that is to be disposed of)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dust"):

slack (dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over a sieve)


Sense 3dust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Free microscopic particles of solid material

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Context example:

astronomers say that the empty space between planets actually contains measurable amounts of dust

Hypernyms ("dust" is a kind of...):

material; stuff (the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dust"):

interplanetary dust (microscopic particles in the interplanetary medium)


DUST (verb)


Sense 1dust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remove the dust from

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

dust the cabinets

Hypernyms (to "dust" is one way to...):

clean; make clean (make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from)

"Dust" entails doing...:

remove; take; take away; withdraw (remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 2dust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rub the dust over a surface so as to blur the outlines of a shape

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

The artist dusted the charcoal drawing down to a faint image

Hypernyms (to "dust" is one way to...):

blur; smear; smudge; smutch (make a smudge on; soil by smudging)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They dust sugar over the cake


Sense 3dust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cover with a light dusting of a substance

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

dust the bread with flour

Hypernyms (to "dust" is one way to...):

cover (provide with a covering or cause to be covered)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody with something
Somebody ----s something PP

Sentence example:

They dust the cake with sugar


Sense 4dust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Distribute loosely

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

disperse; sprinkle; dot; scatter; dust

Context example:

He scattered gun powder under the wagon

Hypernyms (to "dust" is one way to...):

discharge (pour forth or release)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "dust"):

bespangle (dot or sprinkle with sparkling or glittering objects)

splash; splosh; sprinkle (cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force)

plash; spatter; splash; splatter; splosh; swash (dash a liquid upon or against)

spray (be discharged in sprays of liquid)

spray (scatter in a mass or jet of droplets)

aerosolise; aerosolize (disperse as an aerosol)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


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