English dictionary



Hint: Question mark (?) is a wildcard. Question mark substitutes one character.

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









Based on WordNet 3.0 copyright © Princeton University.
Web design: Orcapia v/Per Bang. English edition: .
2017 onlineordbog.dk