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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dust  \Dust\,  n.  [AS.  dust;  cf  LG  dust,  D.  duist  meal  dust,  OD 
  doest  donst,  and  G.  dunst  vapor,  OHG.  tunist,  dunist  a 
  blowing,  wind,  Icel.  dust  dust,  Dan.  dyst  mill  dust;  perh. 
  akin  to  L.  fumus  smoke,  E.  fume.  ?.] 
  1.  Fine,  dry  particles  of  earth  or  other  matter,  so 
  comminuted  that  they  may  be  raised  and  wafted  by  the  wind; 
  that  which  is  crumbled  too  minute  portions;  fine  powder; 
  as  clouds  of  dust;  bone  dust. 
 
  Dust  thou  art,  and  unto  dust  shalt  thou  return. 
  --Gen.  iii. 
  19. 
 
  Stop!  --  for  thy  tread  is  on  an  empire's  dust. 
  --Byron. 
 
  2.  A  single  particle  of  earth  or  other  matter.  [R.]  ``To 
  touch  a  dust  of  England's  ground.''  --Shak. 
 
  3.  The  earth,  as  the  resting  place  of  the  dead. 
 
  For  now  shall  sleep  in  the  dust.  --Job  vii.  21. 
 
  4.  The  earthy  remains  of  bodies  once  alive;  the  remains  of 
  the  human  body. 
 
  And  you  may  carve  a  shrine  about  my  dust. 
  --Tennyson. 
 
  5.  Figuratively,  a  worthless  thing 
 
  And  by  the  merit  of  vile  gold,  dross,  dust.  --Shak. 
 
  6.  Figuratively,  a  low  or  mean  condition. 
 
  [God]  raiseth  up  the  poor  out  of  the  dust.  --1  Sam. 
  ii  8. 
 
  7.  Gold  dust;  hence:  (Slang)  Coined  money;  cash. 
 
  {Down  with  the  dust},  deposit  the  cash;  pay  down  the  money. 
  [Slang]  ``My  lord,  quoth  the  king,  presently  deposit  your 
  hundred  pounds  in  gold,  or  else  no  going  hence  all  the 
  days  of  your  life.  .  .  .  The  Abbot  down  with  his  dust,  and 
  glad  he  escaped  so  returned  to  Reading.''  --Fuller. 
 
  {Dust  brand}  (Bot.),  a  fungous  plant  ({Ustilago  Carbo});  -- 
  called  also  {smut}. 
 
  {Gold  dust},  fine  particles  of  gold,  such  as  are  obtained  in 
  placer  mining;  --  often  used  as  money,  being  transferred 
  by  weight. 
 
  {In  dust  and  ashes}.  See  under  {Ashes}. 
 
  {To  bite  the  dust}.  See  under  {Bite},  v.  t. 
 
  {To} 
 
  {raise,  or  kick  up  dust},  to  make  a  commotion.  [Colloq.] 
 
  {To  throw  dust  in  one's  eyes},  to  mislead;  to  deceive. 
  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dust  \Dust\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Dusted};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Dusting}.] 
  1.  To  free  from  dust;  to  brush,  wipe,  or  sweep  away  dust 
  from  as  to  dust  a  table  or  a  floor. 
 
  2.  To  sprinkle  with  dust. 
 
  3.  To  reduce  to  a  fine  powder;  to  levigate.  --Sprat. 
 
  {To  dyst  one's  jacket},  to  give  one  a  flogging.  [Slang.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dust 
  n  1:  fine  powdery  material  such  as  dry  earth  or  pollen  that  can 
  be  blown  about  in  the  air;  "the  furniture  was  covered 
  with  dust" 
  2:  the  remains  of  something  that  has  been  destroyed  or  broken 
  up  [syn:  {debris},  {junk},  {rubble},  {detritus}] 
  3:  free  microscopic  particles  of  solid  material;  "astronomers 
  say  that  the  empty  space  between  planets  actually  contains 
  measurable  amounts  of  dust" 
  v  1:  remove  the  dust  from  as  of  furniture 
  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" 
  3:  cover  with  a  light  dusting  of  a  substance;  "dust  the  bread 
  with  flour" 
  4:  distribute  loosely;  "He  scattered  gun  powder  under  the 
  wagon."  [syn:  {scatter},  {sprinkle},  {dot},  {disperse}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Dust 
  Storms  of  sand  and  dust  sometimes  overtake  Eastern  travellers. 
  They  are  very  dreadful,  many  perishing  under  them  Jehovah 
  threatens  to  bring  on  the  land  of  Israel,  as  a  punishment  for 
  forsaking  him  a  rain  of  "powder  and  dust"  (Deut.  28:24). 
 
  To  cast  dust  on  the  head  was  a  sign  of  mourning  (Josh.  7:6); 
  and  to  sit  in  dust,  of  extreme  affliction  (Isa.  47:1).  Dust"  is 
  used  to  denote  the  grave  (Job  7:21).  "To  shake  off  the  dust  from 
  one's  feet"  against  another  is  to  renounce  all  future 
  intercourse  with  him  (Matt.  10:14;  Acts  13:51).  To  "lick  the 
  dust"  is  a  sign  of  abject  submission  (Ps.  72:9);  and  to  throw 
  dust  at  one  is  a  sign  of  abhorrence  (2  Sam.  16:13;  comp.  Acts 
  22:23). 
 




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