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noun (uncountable)
  1. fine, dry particles of matter
  2. Completely decomposed human remains
    • 1768, w:Thomas Gray, Thomas Gray, s:Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard,
    • : Can storied urn or animated bust / Back to its mansion call the fleeting breath? / Can Honour's voice provoke the silent , / Or Flatt'ry soothe the dull cold ear of Death?
verb 
  1. (transitive) to remove dust from
The cleaning lady needs a stool to the cupboard.
  1. (intransitive) to remove dust; to clean by removing dust
Dusting always makes me cough.
  1. (intransitive) Of a bird, to cover itself in sand or dry, dusty earth
  2. (transitive) to spray or cover something with fine powder or liquid
The mother dusted her baby's bum with talcum powder.
Etymology: Old English dÅst


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