dusting

[ duhs-ting ]
/ ˈdʌs tɪŋ /

noun

a light application: a dusting of powder.
a beating; defeat: He gave his opponent a good dusting.

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Origin of dusting

First recorded in 1615–25; dust + -ing1

Definition for dusting (2 of 2)

dust
[ duhst ]
/ dʌst /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of dust

before 900; Middle English; Old English dūst; cognate with German Dunst vapor

OTHER WORDS FROM dust

dust·less, adjectivere·dust, verb (used with object)un·dust·ed, adjectivewell-dust·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dusting

dust
/ (dʌst) /

noun

verb

See also dust down, dust-up

Derived forms of dust

dustless, adjective

Word Origin for dust

Old English dūst; related to Danish dyst flour dust, Middle Dutch dūst dust, meal dust, Old High German tunst storm
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Idioms and Phrases with dusting

dust

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