(noun, verb)


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

- the furniture was covered with dust

Definition categories: substance, particulate

2. the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up

Similar word(s): debris, detritus, junk, rubble

Definition categories: substance, rubbish, scrap, trash

3. free microscopic particles of solid material

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

Definition categories: substance, material, stuff


1. remove the dust from

- dust the cabinets

Definition categories: contact, clean

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 faint image

Definition categories: contact, blur, smear, smudge, smutch

3. cover with a light dusting of a substance

- dust the bread with flour

Definition categories: contact, cover

4. distribute loosely

Similar word(s): disperse, dot, scatter, sprinkle

Definition categories: contact, discharge

Sentences with dust as a verb:

- The cleaning lady needs a stool to dust the cupboard.

- Dusting always makes me cough.

- The mother dusted her baby's bum with talcum powder.