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dust

noun [U] uk   /dʌst/ us  
B1 dry dirt in the form of powder that covers surfaces inside a building, or very small dry pieces of soil, sand, or other substances: The furniture was covered in dust and cobwebs. A cloud of dust rose in the air as the car roared past. coal dust
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verb uk   /dʌst/ us  

dust verb (CLEAN)

[I or T] to use a cloth to remove dust from the surface of something: I was dusting the mantelpiece when I noticed a crack.

dust verb (COVER)

[T] to cover something with a light powder: Dust the top of the cake with icing sugar.
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Translations of “dust”
in Korean 먼지…
in Arabic غُبار…
in French poussière…
in Turkish toz…
in Italian polvere…
in Chinese (Traditional) 灰塵, 塵土, 沙土…
in Russian пыль…
in Polish kurz…
in Spanish polvo…
in Portuguese poeira, pó…
in German der Staub…
in Catalan pols…
in Japanese ほこり…
in Chinese (Simplified) 灰尘, 尘土, 沙土…
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