2. Tending to blackness in color; partially black; dark-colored; not bright; as, a dusky brown. Bacon.
When Jove in dusky clouds involves the sky.Dryden.
The figure of that first ancestor invested by family tradition with a dim and dusky grandeur.Hawthorne.
3. Gloomy; sad; melancholy.
This dusky scene of horror, this melancholy prospect.Bentley.
4. Intellectually clouded.
Though dusky wits dare scorn astrology.Sir P. Sidney.
(Dust) n. [AS. dust; cf. LG. dust, D. duist meal dust, OD. doest, donst, and G. dunst vapor,
OHG. tunist, dunist, a blowing, wind, Icel. dust dust, Dan. dyst mill dust; perh. akin to L. fumus
smoke, E. fume. &radic71.]
1. Fine, dry particles of earth or other matter, so comminuted that they may be raised and wafted by the
wind; that which is crumbled to minute portions; fine powder; as, clouds of dust; bone dust.
Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.Gen. iii. 19.
Stop! for thy tread is on an empire's dust.Byron.
2. A single particle of earth or other matter. [R.] "To touch a dust of England's ground." Shak.
3. The earth, as the resting place of the dead.
For now shall sleep in the dust.Job vii. 21.
4. The earthy remains of bodies once alive; the remains of the human body.
And you may carve a shrine about my dust.Tennyson.
5. Figuratively, a worthless thing.
And by the merit of vile gold, dross, dust.Shak.
6. Figuratively, a low or mean condition.
[God] raiseth up the poor out of the dust.1 Sam. ii. 8.
7. Gold dust; hence: (Slang) Coined money; cash.
Down with the dust, deposit the cash; pay down the money. [Slang] "My lord, quoth the king, presently
deposit your hundred pounds in gold, or else no going hence all the days of your life. . . . The Abbot
down with his dust, and glad he escaped so, returned to Reading." Fuller. Dust brand (Bot.), a
fungous plant (Ustilago Carbo); called also smut. Gold dust, fine particles of gold, such as are
obtained in placer mining; often used as money, being transferred by weight. In dust and ashes.
See under Ashes. To bite the dust. See under Bite, v. t. To raise, or kick up, dust, to
make a commotion. [Colloq.] To throw dust in one's eyes, to mislead; to deceive. [Colloq.]
(Dust) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dusted; p. pr. & vb. n. Dusting.]
1. To free from dust; to brush, wipe, or sweep away dust from; as, to dust a table or a floor.