Mr (since Sir Daniel) Morris had shown that the plants could be cleansed by dusting them with a mixture of sulphur and lime.
In dusting the room she puts all my things in the wrong places.
Mrs. tittlemouse was a most terribly tidy particular little mouse, always sweeping and dusting the soft sandy floors.
Gracious me, and I ought to be dusting my parlors this blessed minute!
Harriet had just donned a dainty frock of dimity, and was now dusting her chestnut ringlets lightly with powder.
At that moment they succeeded, and Robert rose, dusting his hands and knees.
Letty stopped her dusting of the chairs in Mr. DeBrugh's oak-paneled study.
Now, you move the brush away from you as if you were sweeping the floor or dusting the board.
She appeared from the sitting-room, while he was hanging up his hat and dusting his boots.
He took off his coat, and after dusting it carefully hung it up and sat down.
dust O.E. dust, from P.Gmc. *dunstaz, from PIE *dheu- with a sense of "smoke, vapor" (cf. Skt. dhu- "shake," L. fumus "smoke"). The verb means both "to sprinkle with dust" (1590s) and "to rid of dust" (1560s). Sense of "to kill" is U.S. slang first recorded 1938 (cf. bite the dust under bite).