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duster

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n duster a pitch thrown deliberately close to the batter
    • n duster a piece of cloth used for dusting
    • n duster a loose coverall (coat or frock) reaching down to the ankles
    • n duster a windstorm that lifts up clouds of dust or sand "it was the kind of duster not experienced in years"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • duster A dust storm.
    • duster A dustcloth or a brush used for removing dust from objects or surfaces.
    • duster A blowing machine for separating the flour from the bran.
    • duster A device for spreading a powder, especially one for spreading insecticide on plants.
    • duster A light housecoat worn by women.
    • duster a light over-garment, formerly worn when traveling in open vehicles to protect the clothing from dust.
    • duster A light overcoat worn by women, often having no lining.
    • duster A long light overgarment;
    • duster (Baseball) A pitch intentionally thrown by a pitcher directly at or very close to the batter, intended to make the batter stand further away from home plate; also called a dust-back pitch or a dust-back.
    • duster A revolving wire-cloth cylinder which removes the dust from rags, etc.
    • duster One who, or that which, dusts; a utensil that frees from dust.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n duster One who dusts.
    • n duster That which is used in dusting or removing dust, as a piece of cloth or a brush. A kind of cloth especially for use in the form of dusters is made of cotton, or of linen and cotton, generally twilled, woven plain or with a checked pattern, and sold by the yard, and also in separate squares, like handkerchiefs.
    • n duster A fine sieve.
    • n duster A machine for sifting dry poisons upon plants, to destroy insects.
    • n duster A light overcoat or wrap worn to protect the clothing from dust, especially in traveling.
    • n duster An apparatus or device, usually employing a current of air, for removing dust or fine particles from any material, such as grain, ore, rags, and the like.
    • n duster A light wool or linen blanket, embroidered or plain, used as a cover for the lap, in driving, to protect the clothing from dust.
    • n duster A test-well which fails to reach water; a dry hole.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Duster one who dusts: a cloth or brush used for removing dust
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. dúst; cf. Ger. dunst, vapour, Dut. duist, meal-dust.

Usage

In literature:

And the pongee duster deceived him.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
At this stroke applause sounded beside me, and, turning, I had my first sight of the yellow duster.
"Red Men and White" by Owen Wister
I, too, desired a duster.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
The man in the wet duster wasn't one of them.
"Donald and Dorothy" by Mary Mapes Dodge
He had a duster in his hand.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
The palms, almost the only trees, look like inverted green feather dusters.
"Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight" by Mathew Joseph Holt
Ilona in the best bedroom was busy as usual with duster and brush.
"A Bride of the Plains" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Her tail waves like a great feather duster.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
It iss a duster, and best of all duster too, for nothing can efer break.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 26, October, 1880" by Various
I told Duster to have the grub ready at half-past five sharp, and it's a quarter to six.
"Soldiers of the Queen" by Harold Avery
He soon learned that the feather-duster factory could be run at a profit only by the most microscopic care.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
There in single file came Judge Ware in his linen duster, a stranger in khaki, and a woman, riding astride.
"Hidden Water" by Dane Coolidge
They were close to the ground now, flipping along like cotton dusters on a Texas plantation.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
Mrs. Mawner opened the door of Sir George's room, and stood on the mat, calmly gazing within, the brush in one hand and a duster in the other.
"A Great Man" by Arnold Bennett
Yes, she saw the broom and duster had been nowhere that morning.
"Opportunities" by Susan Warner
If it takes all the honor out of a man when he gets to be an angel, they may use my wings for a feather-duster.
"Men, Women, and Gods" by Helen H. Gardener
Sally's bringing the old mat and the duster to rub their shoes.
"Tom and Maggie Tulliver" by Anonymous
Bubble, who brandished a feather duster, held by the feather end.
"Young Wallingford" by George Randolph Chester
Let him take down his coat and he'll find a feather duster in the corner by them misses' reefers.
"The Competitive Nephew" by Montague Glass
A snowy white strip of cloth is thrown duster-wise over his shoulders.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
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In poetry:

A man and wife fighting, last Saturday night
He was going to hit her a 'Buster'
When I rushed in and took the brick out of his hand
And lent him a knuckle-duster.
"The Sergeant's Overcoat (Or The Policeman That Nearly Got Caught)" by Billy Bennett
His, too, each homely lyric thing
On sport or spousal love or spring
Or dogs or dusters,
Invented by some court-house bard
For recitation by the yard
In filibusters.
"Under Which Lyre" by W H Auden
All the fair maidens about him shall cluster,
Pluck the white feathers from bonnet and fan,
Make him a plume like a turkey-wing duster,--
That is the crest for the sweet little man!
"The Sweet Little Man" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Ho! it's come, kids, come!
"With a bim! bam! bum!
Here's little Billy bangin' on his big bass drum!
He's a-marchin' round the room,
With his feather-duster plume
A-noddin' an' a-bobbin' with his bim! bom! boom!
"Billy And His Drum" by James Whitcomb Riley
So he left the little Sheba for to start her life anew,
With a whiskered Dago captain and a greasy Dago crew,
And a brand-new Dago ensign where the Duster used to be . . .
But the Sheba's luck had left her when old Stormy left the sea.
"Old Stormy" by Cicely Fox Smith
We had Chang, and Trucker Hogan, and the man who licked The Plug,
Also Heggarty, and Hoolahan, and Peter Scott, the pug;
And we wore our knuckle-dusters, and we took a keg on tap
To our friendly game of football with The Dingoes at The Gap.
"A Friendly Game Of Football" by Edward Dyson

In news:

Anthony Rogers, 36, admitted to Clinton Police he was "huffing" gas from an air duster can before crashing into a home.
Among the early followers in this pioneer's dust trail would be a company called the Delta Dusters in Louisiana, later to become Delta Air Lines.
Among the early followers in this pioneer's dust trail would be a company called the Delta Dusters in Louisiana, later to become Delta Airlines.
"It's animation set to life, so you've got a lot of fun, quirky personalities, like a talking candlestick, a dresser, a teapot, a clock, a feather duster," Welte says.
Duster starting pitcher Cody Vernon mowed down Grassland 's lineup with relative ease, as he tossed a one-hit shutout while racking up eight strikeouts in the contest en route to earning the victory.
82% Because it's the visual pleasure of Brad Pitt in a duster coat.
1 Dead After Crop-Dusters Collide in Midair .
Now Ms Lieberg maintains this precision, with a feather duster and a cordless vacuum.
Many aquarists need an attitude adjustment when it comes to letting polychaetes other than feather duster worms be in their aquariums.
"Veil, Duster and Tire Iron ".
It isn't a crop duster but never been too fond of prop planes.
Started by Green Duster, Oct 24 2012 05:14 AM.
Williamson told police she had been huffing computer keyboard duster while she was driving.
Started by Green Duster, Oct 02 2012 07:17 AM.
History does not record the name of the wise person who uttered the immortal phrase: "You're a rooster one day, a feather duster the next.".
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