Meaning of DUST in English

(~s, ~ing, ~ed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


Dust is very small dry particles of earth or sand.

Tanks raise huge trails of ~ when they move...



Dust is the very small pieces of dirt which you find inside buildings, for example on furniture, floors, or lights.

I could see a thick layer of ~ on the stairs...



Dust is a fine powder which consists of very small particles of a substance such as gold, wood, or coal.

The air is so black with diesel fumes and coal ~, I can barely see.

N-UNCOUNT: oft n N


When you ~ something such as furniture, you remove ~ from it, usually using a cloth.

I vacuumed and ~ed the living room...

She ~ed, she cleaned, and she did the washing-up.

VERB: V n, V


I’m very fortunate in that I don’t have to do the washing-up or the ~ing.



If you ~ something with a fine substance such as powder or if you ~ a fine substance onto something, you cover it lightly with that substance.

Lightly ~ the fish with flour...

Dry your feet well and then ~ between the toes with baby powder.

VERB: V n prep/adv, V adv/prep


If you say that something has bitten the ~, you are emphasizing that it no longer exists or that it has failed. (HUMOROUS, INFORMAL)

In the last 30 years many cherished values have bitten the ~...

PHRASE: V inflects emphasis


If you say that something will happen when the ~ settles, you mean that a situation will be clearer after it has calmed down. If you let the ~ settle before doing something, you let a situation calm down before you try to do anything else. (INFORMAL)

Once the ~ had settled Beck defended his decision...

PHRASE: V inflects


If you say that something is gathering ~, you mean that it has been left somewhere and nobody is using it or doing anything with it.

Many of the machines are gathering ~ in basements...

PHRASE: V inflects

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