a cloud of finely powdered earth or other matter in the air.
any finely powdered substance, as sawdust.
the ground; the earth's surface.
the substance to which something, as the dead human body, is ultimately reduced by disintegration or decay; earthly remains.
ashes, refuse, etc.
junk1 (def. 1).
a low or humble condition.
See gold dust.
the mortal body of a human being.
a single particle or grain.
Idiomsbite the dust:
to be killed, esp. in battle; die.
to suffer defeat; be unsuccessful; fail:Another manufacturer has bitten the dust.
Idiomsleave one in the dust, to overtake and surpass a competitor or one who is less ambitious, qualified, etc.:Don't be so meek, they'll leave you in the dust.
Idiomslick the dust:
to be killed; die.
to humble oneself abjectly; grovel:He will resign rather than lick the dust.
Idiomsmake the dust fly, to execute with vigor or speed:We turned them loose on the work, and they made the dust fly.
Idiomsshake the dust from one's feet, to depart in anger or disdain; leave decisively or in haste, esp. from an unpleasant situation:As the country moved toward totalitarianism, many of the intelligentsia shook the dust from their feet.
Idiomsthrow dust in someone's eyes, to mislead; deceive:He threw dust in our eyes by pretending to be a jeweler and then disappeared with the diamonds.
to wipe the dust from:to dust a table.
to sprinkle with a powder or dust:to dust rosebushes with an insecticide.
to strew or sprinkle (a powder, dust, or other fine particles):to dust insecticide on a rosebush.
to soil with dust; make dusty.
to wipe dust from furniture, woodwork, etc.
to become dusty.
to apply dust or powder to a plant, one's body, etc.:to dust with an insecticide in late spring.
Sport[Baseball.](of a pitcher) to throw the ball purposely at or dangerously close to (the batter).
to take out or prepare for use again, as after a period of inactivity or storage:I'm going to dust off my accounting skills and try to get a job in the finance department.
to beat up badly:The gang of hoodlums dusted off a cop.
bef. 900; Middle English; Old English dūst; cognate with German Dunst vapor