- duster coat,
- dusting powder,
Origin of dusting
- ashes, refuse, etc.
- junk1(def 1).
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of dust
Examples from the Web for dusting
The wounded warrior in front of me rode so well, and so fast, dusting me in the flats, that for a while I forgot he was a veteran.At the Wounded Warrior 100K, How George W. Bush Really Rolls|Mark McKinnon|May 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“We are dusting ourselves off and looking at how we can correct our mistakes,” said Collegio, of American Crossroads.
The equipment keeps changing, but people were using lasers and dusting powders that fluoresced when I started.Patricia Cornwell Talks New Book, 'Red Mist,' Forensics, and Angelina Jolie|Janice Kaplan|December 13, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Signs show you dusting off shelved entrepreneurial projects or weaving more commerce into the fabric of your daily life.
Philip Lim, too, presented a more sober collection of muted palettes—but, as he often does—topped it off with a dusting of gold.
He walks slowly, dusting the iron railing, then turns to give my door a few light strokes with the cat-o'-many-tails.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
This was done by dusting them, as it were, by quick transverse motions of his extended hands.
Never very robust, she still exercised what strength she had in a ceaseless round of sweeping and dusting.The Brass Bound Box|Evelyn Raymond
Mild antiseptic and astringent lotions or dusting powders should also be advised.Essentials of Diseases of the Skin|Henry Weightman Stelwagon
No, she was dusting under the bed, and could not have heard,—at least he thought not.Paul the Courageous|Mabel Quiller-Couch
- the mortal body of man
- the corpse of a dead person
- to fail completely or cease to exist
- to fall down dead
Word Origin for dust
Old English dust, from Proto-Germanic *dunstaz (cf. Old High German tunst "storm, breath," German Dunst "mist, vapor," Danish dyst "milldust," Dutch duist), from PIE *dheu- (1) "dust, smoke, vapor" (cf. Sanskrit dhu- "shake," Latin fumus "smoke"). Meaning "that to which living matter decays" was in Old English, hence, figuratively, "mortal life."
c.1200, "to rise as dust;" later "to sprinkle with dust" (1590s) and "to rid of dust" (1560s); from dust (n.). Related: Dusted; dusting. Sense of "to kill" is U.S. slang first recorded 1938 (cf. bite the dust under bite (v.)).
In addition to the idiom beginning with dust
- dust off
- bite the dust
- dry as dust
- in the dust
- make the dust fly
- shake the dust from one's feet
- throw dust in someone's eyes
- watch my dust
- when the dust has settled