1 dust /ˈdʌst/ noun
1 dust
Learner's definition of DUST
: fine dry powder that builds up inside buildings on surfaces that have not recently been cleaned
◊ Something that is collecting/gathering dust is not being used.
: fine powder made up of very small pieces of earth or sand
: fine powder made from a particular substance
see also sawdust

bite the dust

see 1bite

eat dust

US, informal
: to breathe the dust that has been raised into the air by the vehicle that is moving in front of you
often used figuratively

leave (someone) in the dust

US, informal
: to go far ahead of (someone) : to be much more advanced than (someone)

the dust settles

used to talk about what happens when things become clear or calm after a period of change or confusion
2 dust /ˈdʌst/ verb
dusts; dusted; dusting
2 dust
dusts; dusted; dusting
Learner's definition of DUST
: to make (something) clean by brushing or wiping dirt and dust from the surface
[+ object]
often + off or down
[no object]
[+ object] : to cover (something) with a fine powder

dust off

[phrasal verb]
dust (something) off or dust off (something)
: to use (something) again after not using it for a long time
see also 2dust 1 (above)
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