from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A light sprinkling.
  • noun Slang A beating or defeat.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of casting dust or powder upon anything; specifically, in ceramics, sprinkling over the damp, unburned clay, through a canvas bag, powdered lead or galena, which in the kiln will fuse into a glaze. This method of lead-glazing was employed in England for common red pottery. See lead-glaze and plumbiferous, 2.
  • noun The act of brushing the dust from a surface, as of a table, chair, floor, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of dust.
  • noun A light snowfall.
  • noun A light covering of something.
  • noun The act of removing dust from, as a household chore.
  • noun A beating.


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  • A contranym: when dusting furniture, this means "to remove dust from"; but when "dusting for fingerprints", or when used as a noun ("a dusting of snow"), it means respectively "to apply dust" or "the application of dust". (Wikipedia)

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