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Dust appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Dust is a disk's worst enemy.

Dust appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Debased, I video what sudden madness Eli saw as I lessen damned dust… ah, woe divides a bed!
  • Aidan spits red dust: "If foe-rot is a store of evil, a live foe rots as I tore off its udders’ tips, Nadia."
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The word dust is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun dust

What does dust mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: dusts

  1. fine powdery material such as dry earth or pollen that can be blown about in the air
    • example: the furniture was covered with dust
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic terms: particulate / particulate matter = a small discrete mass of solid or liquid matter that remains individually dispersed in gas or liquid emissions
    • more specific terms:
      • chalk dust = dust resulting from writing with a piece of chalk
      • radioactive dust / fallout = the radioactive particles that settle to the ground after a nuclear explosion
  2. the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • synonyms of dust: debris / detritus / junk / rubble
    • more generic words: rubbish / scrap / trash = worthless material that is to be disposed of
    • more specific word: 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
  3. free microscopic particles of solid material
    • example: astronomers say that the empty space between planets actually contains measurable amounts of dust
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic words: material / stuff = the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
    • more specific term: interplanetary dust = microscopic particles in the interplanetary medium

Alternative definition of the noun dust


  1. fine, dry particles of matter
  2. The act of cleaning by dusting.

Definition of the verb dust

What does dust mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: dusted | dusting | dusts

  1. remove the dust from
    • example: dust the cabinets
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] at [Source]Brian wiped at the counter
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Source]Brian wiped the counter | Carla shoveled the walk
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Barry Cryer erased the writing
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Brian wiped the fingerprints from the counter | Carla shoveled the snow from the walk | Doug removed the smudges from the tabletop

      Verbs of Removing (with the same syntax): bail, dab, erase, lick, pluck, prune, rinse, rub, scour, scrape, scratch, scrub, squeeze, strip, suck, suction, swab, sweep, wash, wear, wipe.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: clean / make clean = make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from
    • entailment: remove / take / take away / withdraw = remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  2. rub the dust over a surface so as to blur the outlines of a shape
    • examples: The artist dusted the charcoal drawing down to a faint image | They dust sugar over the cake
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: blur / smear / smudge / smutch = make a smudge on
  3. cover with a light dusting of a substance
    • examples: dust the bread with flour | They dust the cake with sugar
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination]Jessica sprayed the wall | Leslie staffed the store
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination] with [Theme]Jessica loaded the wagon with boxes
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Jessica squirted water
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]Jessica loaded boxes into the wagon

      Verbs of Putting (with the same syntax): dab, daub, drape, heap, load, mound, plant, slather, stack, stock, stuff.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: cover = provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  4. distribute loosely

Alternative definition of the verb dust


  1. [transitive] to remove dust from
  2. [intransitive] to remove dust; to clean by removing dust
  3. [intransitive] Of a bird, to cover itself in sand or dry, dusty earth
  4. [transitive] to spray or cover something with fine powder or liquid


  1. "Dust" is a 2001 British-Macedonian Western drama film, written and directed by Milcho Manchevski, and starring Joseph Fiennes, David Wenham, Adrian Lester, Anne Brochet, Vera Farmiga and Rosemary Murphy. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival on August 29, 2001.
  2. "Dust", Russian: Пыль is a 2001 film with a minimalistic budget of 3000 dollars and released in 2005 in Russia. Its genre may be characterized as fantastic realism, or as an existential drama with elements of science fiction.
  3. "Dust" is a 1985 film directed by Marion Hänsel based on the J. M. Coetzee novel In the Heart of the Country. The film was shot in Spain and is a French-Belgian production. The film was selected as the Belgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 58th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.
  4. "Dust" is a 2013 short drama fantasy film written and directed by Ben Ockren and Jake Russell.
  5. "Dust" is a 2009 film by Luxembourgish director Max Jacoby.
  6. "Dust" is a 2001documentary film written and directed by Michale Boganim.
  7. "Dust" is a 2012 drama film written by Julio Hernández Cordón and by Mateo Iribarren, and directed by Julio Hernández Cordón.
  8. "Dust" is a 2009 short drama film written and directed by Brendan Bourke.
  9. "Dust" a.k.a. "Float" is a 2013 short drama film written and directed by Stephen Arnold.
  10. "Dust" is a 2012 short film written by Angela Reginato and Bunny Pearlman and directed by Angela Reginato.
  11. "Dust": Toz is a Turkish short film. It gained a number of awards at various film festivals in the category of short films.
  12. "Dust" a.k.a. "Staub" is a 2007 film directed by Hartmut Bitomsky.
  13. "Dust" is a 2013 short film written and directed by Shane Book.
  14. "Dust" is a 2012 film directed by Adam Dugas and Casey Spooner.
  15. "Dust" a.k.a. "Hitman's Journal": Hitman's Journal is a 2001 crime drama film written by Michael Hogan and directed by Danny Aiello III.


  1. "Dust" is a 2013 book written by Patricia Cromwell.
  2. "Dust" is a book by Charles R. Pellegrino.
    • genre: Speculative fiction
    • subject: Ecology
    • copyright: 1998-03
  3. "Dust" is a book by Arthur Slade.
    • language: English Language
    • genre: Young-adult fiction
    • released in (12 years ago)
    • some of the awards:
        • Governor General's Award for English-language children's literature, received by Arthur Slade


Dust, is a fictional character, a superheroine in Marvel Comics' X-Men-related comic books. She was created by author Grant Morrison and artist Ethan Van Sciver in New X-Men #133, although her character was not fully developed until the New X-Men: Academy X series written by Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFilippis. Sooraya is a mutant with the ability to transform her body into a malleable cloud of dust. The X-Men travel to Afghanistan to rescue Sooraya, whose abilities have made her the target of slavers.


  1. "Dust" is the seventh and final album by the Screaming Trees, released on June 25, 1996.
  2. "Dust" is the sixth solo studio album by English musician Peter Murphy. It was released on 23 April 2002 through Metropolis Records. Produced by Turkish musician Mercan Dede, Dust utilizes traditional Turkish instrumentation and songwriting, abandoning Murphy's previous pop and rock incarnations, and juxtaposing elements from progressive rock, trance, classical music and Middle Eastern music, coupled with Dede's trademark atmospheric electronics.
  3. "Dust" is a 2003 album released by Cypress Hill producer DJ Muggs. It is a departure from his previous works, as it is more of a trip hop, rock, electronica based CD. The album was originally released on ANTI- Records, then re-released on ANTI-'s sister label, Epitaph Records, on May 8, 2007. The album features vocals by Josh Todd, Greg Dulli, Amy Trujillo, and Everlast.
  4. "Dust": Dust is the debut album by Dust, released by Kama Sutra Records in 1971.
  5. "Dust": Ellen Allien is known as a DJ, fashion designer, and label head, but she is most famous for her production work. Dust is her seventh full-length as a producer. This time around she worked with the similarly busy Tobias Freund, who is also a mainstay in the Berlin electronica world. Dust is being handled by Allien's own BPitch Control label, and Allien describes it as having a “warm immediacy” compared with her previous efforts.
  6. "Dust" is the sixth studio album by the Scottish celtic fusion band Peatbog Faeries, released on August 8, 2011 on Peatbog Records. Pre-release copies were released July 20, 2011 on the band's online shop.
  7. "Dust" is a song recorded by American country music group the Eli Young Band. It was released on February 3, 2014 as the second single from their fifth studio album, 10,000 Towns. The song was written by Jon Jones, James Young, Kyle Jacobs and Josh Osborne.
  8. "Dust" is Benjy Davis Project's third studio album. It was released on September 18, 2007. Benjy Davis Project was soon signed to Rock Ridge Music in August 2008, and re-released Dust on November 4, 2008. The new release was remixed and included three new songs. The song "Sweet Southern Moon" was featured in an advertisement campaign for Louisiana-based Abita Brewing Company.
  9. "Dust" is the debut single by British band Royworld. The song was taken from their debut album Man In The Machine. It reached a peak chart position of #29 in the UK singles chart on 23 May 2008.
  10. "Dust" jest pierwszym studyjnym albumem irlandzkiej doom metalowej grupy Mourning Beloveth. Płyta została wydana 23 stycznia 2001 roku i reaktywowana przez Sentinel Records we wrześniu 2002 roku, a nagrana została między 29 maja a 4 czerwca 2000 roku. Album Dust opracowany, nagrany i wyprodukowany został przez Mags.
    • genre: Doom metal
    • released on (13 years ago)
  11. "Dust" is a composition.
  12. "Dust" is a musical single of Royworld.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  13. "Dust" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  14. "Dust" is a musical single of Matthew Chicoine.
    • also known as Dust Remix
    • released on (10 years ago)
  15. "Dust" is a composition.
  16. "Dust" is a musical single of Agoria & Scalde.
    • released on (6 years ago)


  1. DUST: DJ Dust is the DJ and producer for the underground hip-hop group, Mars ILL. His real name is Nathan Corrona. DJ Dust is known for his hard hitting "boom bap" style of production, often mixing samples from obscure 60's and 70's guitar and drum driven records.
  2. Dust a.k.a. Dusty Sorg is an actor.

There are other people with in their name, like Ian Dust, Orange Dust, Harmony Dust, Kool DJ Dust and Dust Brothers.


  1. Dust was an American hard rock band active in the early 1970s.
  2. Dust is a musical group.
    • members:
    • albums: "A Dirt Track Odyssey", "Dust:Remix"
  3. Dust is a musical group.
    • album: "Room Music"
  4. Dust is a French post-hardcore/stoner band.
    • album: "Dust"
  5. Dust is a musical group.
  6. Dust is a musical group.
    • album: "Invisible"

There are other groups with in their name, like Dust..., In Dust, Dust Era, Cold Dust, Dust Blow, Dust/Omit, Moon Dust, Warm Dust, Dust devil, Dust Noise, Dust Poets, Dust River, Space Dust, Dust Heaven, Dust Junkys, Dust Rhinos, Mother Dust, Sahara Dust, Silver Dust and Burning Dust.


  1. Dust consists of particles in the atmosphere that come from various sources such as soil, dust lifted by weather, volcanic eruptions, and pollution. Dust in homes, offices, and other human environments contains small amounts of plant pollen, human and animal hairs, textile fibers, paper fibers, minerals from outdoor soil, human skin cells, burnt meteorite particles, and many other materials which may be found in the local environment.
    • also known as 灰塵
  2. Dust: In Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy of novels, Dust is a mysterious cosmic particle that is integral to the plot. In Northern Lights, Lord Asriel reveals the origins of the term "Dust" to be from a passage from the slightly alternate version of the Bible in Lyra's world: "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
    • also known as Sraf

Phrases with Dust

Phrases starting with the word Dust:

  1. Dust Up
  2. dust bag
  3. dust mop
  4. Dust off
  5. dust bowl
  6. dust coat
  7. Dust Mite
  8. Dust bunny
  9. dust cloud
  10. dust cover
  11. dust devil
  12. dust sheet
  13. dust storm

Phrases ending with the word Dust:

  1. to dust
  2. Bull Dust
  3. gold dust
  4. hell dust
  5. angel dust
  6. Catch Dust
  7. chalk dust

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Dust

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Google previewFundamentals of Air Cleaning Technology and Its Application in Cleanrooms (2013)

by Zhonglin Xu

Atmospheric dust is the direct treatment object in air purification system.

Google previewThe Oregon Countryman (1920)

One-in-all dust is an excellent remedy.

Google previewA Great Aridness (2011)

Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest by William deBuys

Dust is a big deal.

Google previewSolar Journey: The Significance of Our Galactic Environment for the Heliosphere and Earth (2006)

by Priscilla Frisch

Abstract Keywords: Cosmic dust is a significant ingredient in the interstellar environment of the Sun. Information about this solid phase of matter in interstellar space comes from the measurement of the extinction, and polarization of starlight , ...

Google previewKilling the Imposter God (2007)

Philip Pullman's Spiritual Imagination in His Dark Materials by Donna Freitas, Jason E. King

Dust is a force that appears more and more as the trilogy progresses, and in each instance we learn a little more about its...

Google previewThe Woodworker's Complete Shop Reference (2003)

by Jennifer Churchill

Since wood dust is a natural substance, people are often surprised to learn that wood dust is an incredibly dangerous, not to mention irritating, substance. It can make you cough, make your eyes tear up, even make vou feel a little nauseous, ...

Google previewFractals in the Earth Sciences (1995)

by Christopher Cramer Barton, P.R. La Pointe

The concept of a pattern within randomness can be appreciated by constructing a fractal Cantor dust model for fracture spacing. 8.6.4. Fractal Cantor Dust Model for Fracture Spacing A Cantor dust is a fractal set whose spacing properties are ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Addictive Drugs (2002)

by Richard Lawrence Miller

Amoeba, Angel, Angel Dust, Angel Hair, Angel Mist, Angel Poke, Animal Trank, Animal Tranq, Animal Tranquilizer, Aurora ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Weather and Climate (2009)

by Jacqueline Smith

dust whirl very small ice crystals that do not bond together and is common in continental interiors away from maritime influences. DU See Dobson unit. duplicatus /dew-plă-kah-tŭs/ A cloud variety consisting of superposed sheets or patches of ...

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Quotes about Dust


Human greatness is not all-
Even Shakespeare will be dust-
Dust dust and more dust-
Stars die- Galaxies die -
The universe will die -
All of us will die-
Human greatness is not all,
And Shakespeare too will be dust. (Shalom Freedman)
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Scrabble value of D2U1S1T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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