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1    dry fine powdery material, such as particles of dirt, earth or pollen  
2    a cloud of such fine particles  
3    the powdery particles to which something is thought to be reduced by death, decay, or disintegration  
a    the mortal body of man  
b    the corpse of a dead person  
5    the earth; ground  
6    Informal   a disturbance; fuss (esp. in the phrases kick up a dust, raise a dust)  
7    something of little or no worth  
8    Informal   (in mining parlance) silicosis or any similar respiratory disease  
9       short for       gold dust  
10    ashes or household refuse  
11    bite the dust  
a    to fail completely or cease to exist  
b    to fall down dead  
12    dust and ashes   something that is very disappointing  
13    shake the dust off one's feet   to depart angrily or contemptuously  
14    throw dust in the eyes of   to confuse or mislead  
15    tr   to sprinkle or cover (something) with (dust or some other powdery substance)  
to dust a cake with sugar, to dust sugar onto a cake     
16    to remove dust by wiping, sweeping, or brushing  
17    Archaic   to make or become dirty with dust,   (See also)        dust down       dust-up  
     (Old English dust; related to Danish dyst flour dust, Middle Dutch dust dust, meal dust, Old High German tunst storm)  
  dustless      adj  

angel dust  
      n      a slang name for       PCP  
bull dust  
      n     (Austral)  
1    fine dust  
2    Slang   nonsense  
cosmic dust  
      n   fine particles of solid matter occurring throughout interstellar space and often collecting into clouds of extremely low density  
   See also       nebula       1  
      n   the action of a bird of driving dust into its feathers, which may dislodge parasites  
dust bowl  
      n   a semiarid area in which the surface soil is exposed to wind erosion and dust storms occur  
Dust Bowl  
      n   the. the area of the south central U.S. that became denuded of topsoil by wind erosion during the droughts of the mid-1930s  
dust coat  
      n     (Brit)   a loose lightweight coat worn for early open motor-car riding,   (U.S. name)    duster  
dust cover  
1       another name for       dustsheet  
2       another name for       dust jacket  
3    a perspex cover for the turntable of a record player  
dust devil  
      n   a strong miniature whirlwind that whips up dust, litter, leaves, etc., into the air  
dust down  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to remove dust from by brushing or wiping  
2    to reprimand severely  
  dusting down      n  
dust explosion  
      n   an explosion caused by the ignition of an inflammable dust, such as flour or sawdust, in the air  
dust jacket   , cover  
      n   a removable paper cover used to protect a bound book,   (Also called)    book jacket, jacket  
dust shot  
      n   the smallest size of shot for a shotgun  
dust storm  
      n   a windstorm that whips up clouds of dust  
dust-up   Informal  
1    a quarrel, fight, or argument  
  dust up  
2    tr, adv   to attack or assault (someone)  
gold dust  
1    gold in the form of small particles or powder, as found in placer-mining  
2    a valuable or rare thing  
tickets for this match are gold dust     
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1    fine fragments, grime, grit, particles, powder, powdery dirt  
2    dirt, earth, ground, soil  
3      (informal)   commotion, disturbance, fuss, racket, row  
4    bite the dust        (informal)   die, drop dead, expire, fall in battle, pass away, perish  
5    lick the dust        (informal)   be servile, bootlick     (informal)   demean oneself, grovel, kowtow, toady  
6    throw dust in the eyes of      con     (slang)   confuse, deceive, fool, have (someone) on, hoodwink, mislead, take in     (informal)  
7    cover, dredge, powder, scatter, sift, spray, spread, sprinkle  

argument, brush, conflict, encounter, fight, fracas, punch-up     (Brit. informal)   quarrel, scrap     (informal)   set-to     (informal)   shindig     (informal)   skirmish, tussle  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

turn to dust exp.
(metaphorically) die

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
military aviation term: loss of visual reference during take-off or landing due to the sand or dust
die ; kick the bucket ; bite the dust ; push up the daisies
[US];[Fam.];[Fig.] Ex.: They intended to buy a lovely house in North California but unfortunately they bought the farm in a plane crash last summer.
artificial long word coined to mean a lung disease known as silicosis, a type of pneumoconiosis caused by inhalation of ultra-microscopic particles of crystalline silica volcanic dust. It has the particularity of being the longest word in the English language published in a dictionary
Longer tech. terms exist (up to 189,819 letters!).The word, presumably coined in 1935 by E.M. Smith (pres. of the National Puzzlers'League) in imitation of very long medical terms, contains 45 letters
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