dust

dust
1 /dVst/ noun
1 (U) dry powder consisting of extremely small bits of earth or sand: The truck drove off in a cloud of dust. | the heat and dust of an Indian town
2 (U) dry powder consisting of extremely small bits of dirt which you find in buildings on furniture, floors etc: The table was covered with a layer of dust.
3 coal dust/gold dust/wood dust etc (U) powder consisting of extremely small bits of coal or gold etc
4 a dust the act of dusting something: Can you give the room a quick dust?
5 let the dust settle/wait for the dust to settle to allow or wait for a confused situation to become clear
6 not see sb for dust BrE informal if you do not see someone for dust, they leave a place very quickly in order to avoid something: Tell him it's his turn to pay for the drinks and you won't see him for dust.
—see also: bite the dust bite 1 (7), dusty 2 verb
1 (I, T) to clean the dust from a surface by moving something such as a soft cloth across it: Could you dust the dining room?
2 also dust off (T) to remove something such as dust or dirt from your clothes by brushing them with your hands: Jim got to his feet and dusted the knees of his trousers.
3 (T) to shake a fine powder over something: Dust icing sugar over the pastry.
dust sth down phrasal verb (T) to remove something such as dirt or dust from your clothes by brushing them with your hands: Burt stood there dusting down his overalls. | dust yourself down: The horse threw him, but Joe just laughed, picked himself up and dusted himself down. dust sth off phrasal verb (T)
1 to clean something by brushing it or wiping it with a cloth: She dusted the snow off Billy's coat.
2 to get something ready in order to use it again after not using it for a long time: Investors are at last dusting off their cheque books as the economy recovers.
dustbin /'dVstbIn/ noun (C) BrE a large container outside your house, used for holding food waste, empty containers etc; garbage can AmE

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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