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Definition: In dust and ashes
, n. pl. [OE. asche, aske, AS. asce, [ae]sce, axe;
akin to OHG. asca, G. asche, D. asch, Icel. & Sw. aska, Dan.
aske, Goth. azgo.]
1. The earthy or mineral particles of combustible substances
remaining after combustion, as of wood or coal.
2. Specifically: The remains of the human body when burnt, or
when “returned to dust”
by natural decay.
Their martyred blood and ashes sow. --Milton.
The coffins were broken open. The ashes were
scattered to the winds. --Macaulay.
3. The color of ashes; deathlike paleness.
The lip of ashes, and the cheek of flame. --Byron.
In dust and ashes
, In sackcloth and ashes
, with humble
expression of grief or repentance; -- from the method of
mourning in Eastern lands.
, or Volcanic ash
, the loose, earthy
matter, or small fragments of stone or lava, ejected by
(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.
Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
Stop! -- for thy tread is on an empire's dust.
2. A single particle of earth or other matter. [R.] “To
touch a dust of England's ground.”
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.
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.
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.”
(Bot.), a fungous plant (Ustilago Carbo
called also smut
, fine particles of gold, such as are obtained in
placer mining; -- often used as money, being transferred
In dust and ashes
. See under Ashes
To bite the dust
. See under Bite
, v. t.
To raise dust
To kick up dust
, to make a commotion. [Colloq.]
To throw dust in one's eyes
, to mislead; to deceive.