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English noun: dust

1. dust (substance) fine powdery material such as dry earth or pollen that can be blown about in the air

SamplesThe furniture was covered with dust.

Broader (hypernym)particulate, particulate matter

Narrower (hyponym)chalk dust, fallout, radioactive dust

2. dust (substance) the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up

Synonymsdebris, detritus, junk, rubble

Broader (hypernym)rubbish, scrap, trash

Narrower (hyponym)slack

3. dust (substance) free microscopic particles of solid material

SamplesAstronomers say that the empty space between planets actually contains measurable amounts of dust.

Broader (hypernym)material, stuff

Narrower (hyponym)interplanetary dust

English verb: dust

1. dust (contact) remove the dust from

SamplesDust the cabinets.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)clean, make clean

Entailremove, take, take away, withdraw

2. dust (contact) rub the dust over a surface so as to blur the outlines of a shape

SamplesThe artist dusted the charcoal drawing down to a faint image.

ExamplesThey dust sugar over the cake

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)blur, smear, smudge, smutch

3. dust (contact) cover with a light dusting of a substance

SamplesDust the bread with flour.

ExamplesThey dust the cake with sugar

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody with something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)cover

4. dust (contact) distribute loosely

SamplesHe scattered gun powder under the wagon.

Synonymsdisperse, dot, scatter, sprinkle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)discharge

Narrower (hyponym)aerosolise, aerosolize, bespangle, plash, spatter, splash, splash, splatter, splosh, splosh, spray, spray, sprinkle, swash

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