dust|er


dust|er
dust|er «DUHS tuhr», noun.
1. a person or thing that dusts.
2. a cloth, brush, or the like, used to get dust off things.
3. an apparatus for sifting or blowing dry poisons on plants to kill insects.
4. a contrivance for removing dust by sifting; sieve.
5. a) a long, lightweight garment worn over the clothes to keep dust off them: »

Riding along dusty country roads in open cars called for a special garment to protect the clothes, and so the duster, a long coat of linen completely covering the wearer's clothes, came into being (Bernice G. Chambers).

b) a similar garment, without a belt, worn by women as a dress, especially indoors: »

In budget-priced coats, faille and linen dusters, both lined and unlined, look like big spring sellers (New York Times).

6. U.S. Informal. a dust storm: »

What was described by some weathermen as the worst duster in 25 years hit parts of seven states (Newsweek).

7. U.S. an unproductive oil well; dry hole: »

He invested in 56 dusters in a row before striking it rich (Wall Street Journal).

8. Baseball Slang. a pitch purposely thrown at or near a batter's head; beanball: »

His penchant for throwing “dusters” prompted…Hank Aaron to label him a “mean” pitcher (Time).

9. U.S. Military Slang. a type of motorized vehicle on a caterpillar track, and equipped with 40-millimeter guns: »

The duster, maneuvering from one side to the other, fired hundreds of exploding shells into the hamlet (New York Times).


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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