dust Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “dust” in the English Dictionary

"dust" in British English

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dustnoun [U]

uk   us   /dʌst/
B1 drydirt in the ​form of ​powder that ​coverssurfaces inside a ​building, or very ​smalldrypieces of ​soil, ​sand, or other ​substances: The ​furniture was ​covered in dust and ​cobwebs. A ​cloud of dust ​rose in the ​air as the ​carroared past. coal dust
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uk   us   /dʌst/

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 ​lightpowder: Dust the ​top of the ​cake withicingsugar.
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(Definition of dust from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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dustnoun [U]

 us   /dʌst/
drydirt in the ​form of ​powder that ​coverssurfaces inside a ​building, or very ​smalldrypieces of ​earth, ​sand, or other ​substances: The ​furniture was ​covered with dust.
adjective  us   /ˈdʌs·ti/
Piles of dusty ​bookslay on the ​floor.

dustverb [I/T]

 us   /dʌst/
to ​removedrydirt in the ​form of ​powder from a ​surface: [I/T] I was ​dusting (her ​desk) when I ​noticed the ​piece of ​paper.
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(Definition of dust from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “dust”
in Korean 먼지…
in Arabic غُبار…
in Malaysian debu, serbuk…
in French poussière…
in Russian пыль…
in Chinese (Traditional) 灰塵, 塵土, 沙土…
in Italian polvere…
in Turkish toz…
in Polish kurz…
in Spanish polvo…
in Vietnamese bụi…
in Portuguese poeira, pó…
in Thai ฝุ่น, ละออง…
in German der Staub…
in Catalan pols…
in Japanese ほこり…
in Chinese (Simplified) 灰尘, 尘土, 沙土…
in Indonesian debu, bubuk…
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