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Dust vs. Clay

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Dustnoun

(uncountable) Fine, dry particles of matter found in the air and covering the surface of objects, typically consisting of soil lifted up by the wind, pollen, hair, etc.

Claynoun

A mineral substance made up of small crystals of silica and alumina, that is ductile when moist; the material of pre-fired ceramics.

Dustnoun

(countable) The act of cleaning by dusting.

Claynoun

An earth material with ductile qualities.

Dustnoun

(obsolete) A single particle of earth or other material.

Claynoun

(tennis) A tennis court surface.

‘The French Open is played on clay.’;

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Dustnoun

The earth, as the resting place of the dead.

Claynoun

(biblical) The material of the human body.

Dustnoun

The earthy remains of bodies once alive; the remains of the human body.

Claynoun

(geology) A particle less than 3.9 microns in diameter, following the Wentworth scale.

Dustnoun

(figurative) Something worthless.

Claynoun

A clay pipe for smoking tobacco.

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Dustnoun

(figurative) A low or mean condition.

Claynoun

A clay pigeon.

‘We went shooting clays at the weekend.’;

Dustnoun

cash; money (in reference to gold dust).

Claynoun

(informal) Land or territory of a country or other political region.

‘Danzig is rightfully German clay.’;

Dustnoun

(mathematics) A totally disconnected set of points with a fractal structure.

Clayverb

(transitive) To add clay to, to spread clay onto.

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Dustverb

(transitive) To remove dust from.

‘The cleaning lady needs a stool to dust the cupboard.’;

Clayverb

To purify using clay.

Dustverb

(intransitive) To remove dust; to clean by removing dust.

‘Dusting always makes me cough.’;

Claynoun

A soft earth, which is plastic, or may be molded with the hands, consisting of hydrous silicate of aluminium. It is the result of the wearing down and decomposition, in part, of rocks containing aluminous minerals, as granite. Lime, magnesia, oxide of iron, and other ingredients, are often present as impurities.

Dustverb

(intransitive) Of a bird, to cover itself in sand or dry, dusty earth.

Claynoun

Earth in general, as representing the elementary particles of the human body; hence, the human body as formed from such particles.

‘I also am formed out of the clay.’; ‘The earth is covered thick with other clay,Which her own clay shall cover.’;

Dustverb

(transitive) To spray or cover something with fine powder or liquid.

‘The mother dusted her baby's bum with talcum powder.’;

Clayverb

To cover or manure with clay.

Dustverb

To leave; to rush off.

Clayverb

To clarify by filtering through clay, as sugar.

Dustverb

To reduce to a fine powder; to levigate.

Claynoun

a very fine-grained soil that is plastic when moist but hard when fired

Dustnoun

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.’;

Claynoun

water soaked soil; soft wet earth

Dustnoun

A single particle of earth or other matter.

Claynoun

United States general who commanded United States forces in Europe from 1945 to 1949 and who oversaw the Berlin airlift (1897-1978)

Dustnoun

The earth, as the resting place of the dead.

‘For now shall sleep in the dust.’;

Claynoun

United States politician responsible for the Missouri Compromise between free and slave states (1777-1852)

Dustnoun

The earthy remains of bodies once alive; the remains of the human body.

‘And you may carve a shrine about my dust.’;

Claynoun

the dead body of a human being

Dustnoun

Figuratively, a worthless thing.

‘And by the merit of vile gold, dross, dust.’;

Claynoun

a stiff, sticky fine-grained earth that can be moulded when wet, and is dried and baked to make bricks, pottery, and ceramics

‘a clay soil’; ‘a clay tile’; ‘the soil is mainly clay’; ‘the rocks are covered by various mixtures of loose clays and sands’;

Dustnoun

Figuratively, a low or mean condition.

‘[God] raiseth up the poor out of the dust.’;

Claynoun

sediment with particles smaller than silt, typically less than 0.002 mm.

Dustnoun

Gold dust

Claynoun

a hardened clay surface for a tennis court

‘she won more matches on clay than any other player’;

Dustverb

To free from dust; to brush, wipe, or sweep away dust from; as, to dust a table or a floor.

Claynoun

the substance of the human body

‘this lifeless clay’;

Dustverb

To sprinkle with dust.

Claynoun

a European moth with yellowish-brown wings.

Dustverb

To reduce to a fine powder; to levigate.

Clay

Clay is a type of fine-grained natural soil material containing clay minerals. Clays develop plasticity when wet, due to a molecular film of water surrounding the clay particles, but become hard, brittle and non–plastic upon drying or firing.

Dustnoun

fine powdery material such as dry earth or pollen that can be blown about in the air;

‘the furniture was covered with dust’;

Dustnoun

the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up

Dustnoun

free microscopic particles of solid material;

‘astronomers say that the empty space between planets actually contains measurable amounts of dust’;

Dustverb

remove the dust from;

‘dust the cabinets’;

Dustverb

rub the dust over a surface so as to blur the outlines of a shape;

‘The artist dusted the charcoal drawing down to a faint image’;

Dustverb

cover with a light dusting of a substance;

‘dust the bread with flour’;

Dustverb

distribute loosely;

‘He scattered gun powder under the wagon’;

Dust

Dust is made of fine particles of solid matter. On Earth, it generally consists of particles in the atmosphere that come from various sources such as soil lifted by wind (an aeolian process), volcanic eruptions, and pollution.

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