What is dust?

  • (verb): Remove the dust from.
    Example: "Dust the cabinets"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Dust consists of particles in the atmosphere that come from various sources such as soil dust lifted by weather (an Aeolian process), volcanic eruptions, and pollution. Dust in homes, offices, and other human environments contains small amounts of plant pollen, human and animal hairs, textile fibers, paper fibers, minerals from outdoor soil, human skin cells, burnt meteorite particles and many other materials which may be found in the local environment.

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Some articles on dust:

Aversive Case - Usage
... -they dust- ran away cave- The children ran into the cave because of the dust storm ... -karrarla indicates that the action (running away) was carried out in order to avoid the dust storm, tjurtu- ...
Ask The Dust - Themes
... Fante's most popular novel by far, the semi-autobiographical Ask the Dust is the second book in what is now referred to as "The Saga of Arturo Bandini" or "The Bandini Quartet" ... is the first novel Fante wrote but it was unpublished until 1985), Ask the Dust (1939) and, finally, Dreams from Bunker Hill (1982) ... Ask the Dust has been referred to over the years as a monumental Southern California/Los Angeles novel by many (e.g ...
Dust Pneumonia
... Dust pneumonia describes disorders caused by excessive exposure to dust storms, particularly during the Dust Bowl in the United States ... A form of pneumonia, dust pneumonia results when the lungs are filled with dust, inflaming the alveoli ... The dust pneumonia was featured in the work of several musicians and artists of the day, such as Woody Guthrie's song "Dust Pneumonia Blues" ...
Examples of Atmospheric Dust
... Dry, windy weather sends clouds of dust across south-eastern Australia A pale brown plume of dust sweeps out of Argentina’s Pampas A thick dust plume over Kuwait ...
Coalworker's Pneumoconiosis
... disease, is caused by long exposure to coal dust ... with coal, similar to both silicosis from inhaling silica dust, and to the long-term effects of tobacco smoking ... Inhaled coal dust progressively builds up in the lungs and is unable to be removed by the body that leads to inflammation, fibrosis, and in worse cases, necrosis ...

More definitions of "dust":

  • (noun): Free microscopic particles of solid material.
    Example: "Astronomers say that the empty space between planets actually contains measurable amounts of dust"
  • (noun): Fine powdery material such as dry earth or pollen that can be blown about in the air.
    Example: "The furniture was covered with dust"
  • (verb): Cover with a light dusting of a substance.
    Example: "Dust the bread with flour"
  • (verb): Rub the dust over a surface so as to blur the outlines of a shape.
    Example: "The artist dusted the charcoal drawing down to a faint image"

Famous quotes containing the word dust:

    ‘Tis no sinister nor awkward claim
    Picked from the wormholes of long-vanished days,
    Nor from the dust of old oblivion raked.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    Thus, far from the beaten highways and the dust and din of travel, we beheld the country privately, yet freely, and at our leisure.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    He was a superior man. He did not value his bodily life in comparison with ideal things. He did not recognize unjust human laws, but resisted them as he was bid. For once we are lifted out of the trivialness and dust of politics into the region of truth and manhood.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)