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Definition 1: fine powdery material such as dry earth or pollen that can be blown about in the air - [noun denoting substance]

Samples where dust or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the furniture was covered with dust

(dust is a kind of ...) 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)

(... is a kind of dust ) dust resulting from writing with a piece of chalk

"chalk dust covered the teacher's hands"

(... is a kind of dust ) the radioactive particles that settle to the ground after a nuclear explosion

Definition 2: the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up - [noun denoting substance]

Synonyms for dust in the sense of this definition

(dust is a kind of ...) worthless material that is to be disposed of

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

Definition 3: free microscopic particles of solid material - [noun denoting substance]

Samples where dust or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(dust is a kind of ...) the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object

"coal is a hard black material" "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"

(... is a kind of dust ) microscopic particles in the interplanetary medium

Definition 4: remove the dust from - [verb of contact]

Samples where dust or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dust the cabinets

(dust is a kind of ...) make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from

"Clean the stove!" "The dentist cleaned my teeth"

(dust implies ...) remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

"remove a threat" "remove a wrapper" "Remove the dirty dishes from the table" "take the gun from your pocket" "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"

Definition 5: distribute loosely - [verb of contact]

Samples where dust or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He scattered gun powder under the wagon

Synonyms for dust in the sense of this definition

(dust is a kind of ...) pour forth or release

"discharge liquids"

(... is a kind of dust ) scatter in a mass or jet of droplets

"spray water on someone" "spray paint on the wall"

(... is a kind of dust ) be discharged in sprays of liquid

"Water sprayed all over the floor"

(... is a kind of dust ) dash a liquid upon or against

"The mother splashed the baby's face with water"

(... is a kind of dust ) cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force

"She splashed the water around her"

(... is a kind of dust ) dot or sprinkle with sparkling or glittering objects

(... is a kind of dust ) disperse as an aerosol

"The bacteria suspension was aerosolized"

Definition 6: rub the dust over a surface so as to blur the outlines of a shape - [verb of contact]

Samples where dust or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The artist dusted the charcoal drawing down to a faint image

(dust is a kind of ...) make a smudge on; soil by smudging

Definition 7: cover with a light dusting of a substance - [verb of contact]

Samples where dust or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dust the bread with flour

(dust is a kind of ...) provide with a covering or cause to be covered

"cover her face with a handkerchief" "cover the child with a blanket" "cover the grave with flowers"

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