smut
Dust Dust (d[u^]st), 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. [root]71.] 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. [1913 Webster]

Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. --Gen. iii. 19. [1913 Webster]

Stop! -- for thy tread is on an empire's dust. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

2. A single particle of earth or other matter. [R.] ``To touch a dust of England's ground.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. The earth, as the resting place of the dead. [1913 Webster]

For now shall sleep in the dust. --Job vii. 21. [1913 Webster]

4. The earthy remains of bodies once alive; the remains of the human body. [1913 Webster]

And you may carve a shrine about my dust. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

5. Figuratively, a worthless thing. [1913 Webster]

And by the merit of vile gold, dross, dust. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. Figuratively, a low or mean condition. [1913 Webster]

[God] raiseth up the poor out of the dust. --1 Sam. ii. 8. [1913 Webster]

7. Gold dust; hence: (Slang) Coined money; cash. [1913 Webster]

{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 dust}, or

{To kick up dust}, to make a commotion. [Colloq.]

{To throw dust in one's eyes}, to mislead; to deceive. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


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  • Smut — Smut, n. [Akin to Sw. smuts, Dan. smuds, MHG. smuz, G. schmutz, D. smet a spot or stain, smoddig, smodsig, smodderig, dirty, smodderen to smut; and probably to E. smite. See {Smite}, v. t., and cf. {Smitt}, {Smutch}.] 1. Foul matter, like soot or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Smut — Smut, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Smutted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Smutting}.] 1. To stain or mark with smut; to blacken with coal, soot, or other dirty substance. [1913 Webster] 2. To taint with mildew, as grain. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 3. To blacken; to sully …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Smut — Smut, v. i. 1. To gather smut; to be converted into smut; to become smutted. Mortimer. [1913 Webster] 2. To give off smut; to crock. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Smut — may refer to: * Smut (fungus), a group of plant parasitic fungi * Smut (comics), an adult British comic title dating back to the 1980s * A colloquial term for obscenity * A colloquial term for pornography * Smut (song), satirical song on… …   Wikipedia

  • smut — /smut/, n., v., smutted, smutting. n. 1. a particle of soot; sooty matter. 2. a black or dirty mark; smudge. 3. indecent language or publications; obscenity. 4. Plant Pathol. a. a disease of plants, esp. cereal grasses, characterized by the… …   Universalium

  • smut — smut; smut·ter; smut·ti·ly; smut·ti·ness; smut·ty; …   English syllables

  • smut — [smut] n. [< or akin to LowG smutt, akin to Ger schmutz, dirt < IE * (s)meud < base * meu , wet, musty > MUD, MOSS] 1. a) sooty matter b) a particle of this 2. a mark made by something dirty; soiled spot …   English World dictionary

  • smut — sb., tet, smut, tene; slå et smut forbi; slå smut …   Dansk ordbog

  • smut — [smʌt] n [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Perhaps from smot dirty mark (16 19 centuries)] 1.) [U] books, stories, talk etc that offend some people because they are about sex ▪ I won t have smut like that in my house! 2.) [U and C] dirt or ↑soot (=black… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • smut — [n] pornography adult material, adult movie, bawdiness, dirt, dirty movie, erotica, filth, girlie magazine, hard core pornography, indecency, indecent material, obscene materials, obscenity, porn, porno, porno film, sexploitation, sexually… …   New thesaurus

  • smut — ► NOUN 1) a small flake of soot or dirt. 2) indecent or obscene talk, writing, or pictures. 3) a disease of cereals caused by a fungus, in which parts of the ear change to black powder. ► VERB (smutted, smutting) 1) mark with smuts. 2) …   English terms dictionary

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