Meaning of DUST in English

I. ˈdəst noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English dūst; akin to Old High German tunst storm, and probably to Latin fumus smoke — more at fume

Date: before 12th century

1. : fine particles of matter (as of earth)

2. : the particles into which something disintegrates


a. : something worthless

b. : a state of humiliation


a. : the earth especially as a place of burial

b. : the surface of the ground


a. : a cloud of dust

b. : confusion , disturbance

6. archaic : a single particle (as of earth)

7. British : refuse ready for collection

• dust·less -ləs adjective

• dust·like -ˌlīk adjective

II. verb

Date: 1530

transitive verb

1. archaic : to make dusty

2. : to make free of dust

dust the living room


a. : to sprinkle with fine particles

a cake dust ed with sugar

b. : to sprinkle in the form of dust

4. : to throw a fastball close to (a batter) : brush back — often used with off

5. : to defeat badly (as in a race)

intransitive verb

1. of a bird : to work dust into the feathers

2. : to remove dust

3. : to give off dust

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.