Translation of dust in Spanish:


polvo, n.

Pronunciation /dʌst//dəst/


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    • 1.1(household)

      polvo masculine
      the dust of ages el polvo de (los) siglos
      • to gather dust empolvarse
      • There's thick dust on every surface, your kitchen's caked in layers of fat, and the bathroom just doesn't bear thinking about.
      • Are we going to see small clouds of dust when fighting on dusty grounds?
      • Once his large body hit the ground a cloud of dust and dirt filled the room.
      • The door rattled a bit and small particles of dust floated to the ground.
      • It takes five to seven days for the atmospheric currents to carry dust, smoke or industrial pollutants from Asia to the US.
      • Instead he brushed a bit of dust off his dirty sleeve, as if this tiny bit of dust really mattered, compared to all the soot and blood staining his clothing.
      • We forded the home river, and with bouncing wheels and an all-enveloping cloud of red dust, ground our way up the opposite bank.
      • Fine particles of dust will get everywhere - even if you section off the room, but you may be able to minimize the impact on the rest of the house.
      • Soiled with dust and ground-in dirt, taped and re-taped, the pages were beginning to fall apart.
      • Within an instant, a swirling cloud of dust from the sandy ground was kicked up.
      • They have appointed a German company to carry out tests on dust in surrounding homes and flats and asked residents to keep a diary of when they spot pollution coming from the chimney.
      • A breeze ruffled her cloak and brought up little clouds of dust from the ground.
      • However, it means no waxing or polishing is necessary; surface dust and dirt can be removed by light hosing from time to time.
      • He also suddenly noticed that the ground fog was down to thin wisps revealing the bare dirt that erupted in tiny clouds of dust with each footfall.
      • Old tapes carry a lot of dust or other particles that can clog up your VCR.
      • Particulates and dust in Earth's atmosphere along the line of sight tend to absorb blue light more effectively than red light.
      • The most popular theory is that a cloud of dust smothered the earth in a thick haze that would have blocked out the sun.
      • It may also by carried by dust and long grass contaminated by infected animals so if one beast develops the condition, the others should be moved out of that pasture.
      • My boots raised small clouds of dust from the ground as I followed the rutted and rocky little goat-trail up the hillside.
      • Clouds of dust billowed from the surface, but it was comfortable enough.

    • 1.2(on ground)

      polvo masculine
      tierra feminine Latin America

    • 1.3(in air)

      polvo masculine
      the horses raised a cloud of dust los caballos levantaron una polvareda

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    (of gold, coal)
    polvo masculine
    • St Mary Le Strand is small and filthy on the outside from centuries of pea-soupers, coal dust and modern day pollution.
    • The Millennium Stadium on match days is absolutely brimming with redundant miners, with coal dust in their hair and their pick-axes left at the turnstiles.
    • Pneumoconiosis is caused by inhaling coal dust.
    • Smothered in coal dust, we looked like the Black and White Minstrels, and the removal of our lab goggles just made us look even more ridiculous.
    • He printed on shopping bags and plexiglas and placed unconventional material like diamond dust on his prints.
    • The bags were found to contain coal dust and ended up sitting in the cellar for many years until the bill was settled.
    • These are badly in need of renovation - years of coal dust have darkened them.
    • Comets are thought to be remnants from the earliest days of the solar system, containing pristine space dust and other material from this crucial period.
    • Coal dust sifts through her hair, invading eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Pressure last night mounted on the Government to end the shame of some former mineworkers crippled by coal dust being denied proper compensation.
    • Black sputum is a sign of inhalation of particles, usually from cigarettes, but classically from coal dust in miners.
    • At least 36 miners were killed and 30 injured yesterday in an underground methane and coal dust explosion in eastern Ukraine.
    • If inhaled, cadmium dust causes dryness of the throat, choking, headache, and pneumonia-like symptoms.
    • Water sprayed on the huge exposed seam settles dust and keeps the air clean, and prevents a fire hazard with explosive coal dust.
    • ‘Now that there's no longer coal dust lying atop of everything, you can see how beautiful this country really is,’ says Red.
    • And even after they'd cleaned up you could still see the coal dust under their skin.
    • He was working with a stone-dusting crew, a safety procedure to minimise the risks of a potentially fatal coal dust explosion underground.
    • Sections 28 through 43 consolidate the rules regarding asbestos, silica and coal dust.
    • When the strike began, his father was a few days from early retirement, a victim of coal dust and the lung disease emphysema.
    • Among the characters is the driver who bequeathed to his family the stubborn speck of coal dust in his eye.
  • 3literary

    polvo masculine
    dust to dust, ashes to ashes polvo eres y en polvo te convertirás
    • Creatures are dust and ashes that rightly should tremble before the Judgement Throne of a just, benevolent and fearful deity who metes out punishment and reward.
    • Abraham answered, ‘Behold, I have taken upon myself to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.’
    • Finally, the best advice of the week comes from an American comedian who asks you to remember both that you are dust and ashes and that the world was created just for you.
    • Why should we be doomed to grow old, gray, yellow and saggy before we turn to ashes and dust?
    • We are mortals, made of dust and need your spirit to moisten our brows.
    • Luther said of himself, ‘I am dust and ashes and full of sin.’
    • He was tense and coiled, and if looks could kill, she would already have been a pile of ash and dust.
    • Their bodies are dust, their voices gone; now only documents exist to indicate their unpleasant fates.
    • When the boy awakened from his coma fully he would discover that all he knew were dead and dust.
    • He suggests not, and translates the text, ‘Therefore I retract and change my mind, being but dust and ashes.’
    • Before him and everyone else, the army dissolved into dust and ash.
    • But Genesis is a narrative, and its historical and spiritual truths are authenticated in the actions and characters of men and women of flesh and blood, dust and ashes.
  • 4

    to give sth a dust sacarle / limpiarle el polvo a algo
    • If it does, a quick dust with a damp cloth will round up rogue particles or pollen.
    • Never the less he gave it a quick dust, fitted the terminator device and left.

transitive verb

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    (remove dust from)
    to dust the furniture quitarles el polvo a los muebles
    • And the hospital is kept thoroughly clean and dusted every day - and that included the tops of cupboards and places that you do not normally see.
    • The film loader is not very clean and should I try cleaning and dusting it or simply buy a new one?
    • The boy finished his half, dusted his hands clean, bit his lip, and raised a hand in farewell.
    • Anyway, I dusted my hands clean of that place, and what a load feels like it's been lifted.
    • He also told her about cleaning his room and dusting the pictures and other small things like that.
    • To mark the change there is a huge clean out, the temple is dusted and washed from top to bottom.
    • Spotting a broom at the other end of the room she dusted the shelves and washed the walls.
    • For the whole of her first day in her grandmother's old house, Emma swept cobwebs from the ceilings and dusted furniture and washed walls and floors.
    • The equipment will all be cleaned and dusted the night before.
    • His desk was dusted clean, revealing reflections on the varnished wooden surface.
    • You were to dust my bookshelves and wash the windows and clean the carpets twice a week.
    • We cleaned out the dog house (which our cat also uses), dusted the inside, and cleaned and dusted the dog's bed.
    • Recently a homeowner in Finland was engaged in a ritual spring cleaning, which included emptying the bookshelves and dusting each volume.
    • The boots were dusted clean by many of the players that returned to the squad.
    • Removing dead leaves and flowers as well as wiping or dusting the leaves of your plants will keep them happy and healthy and keep your indoor garden looking gorgeous.
    • She got up slowly, dusting the specks of dirt off her pants, and walked towards the door.
    • I cleaned two pairs of boots, swept and dusted the room and the hall and got the breakfast up.
    • Watching the old Chinese at work, removing the piles, piece by piece and dusting them, I spotted what looked like a life-size torso lying under a twisted heap.
    • I opened the box and dusted the fine haired brush before applying the dark fingerprinting dust with gentle strokes onto the glass to make the prints visible.
    • I dusted the sand and dirt off of my blue jean skirt.
  • 2

    to dust sth (with sth) espolvorear algo (con algo)
    • I dusted the cake with sugar or dusted sugar over the cake espolvoreé el pastel con azúcar
    • she dusted her feet with talcum powder se echó / se puso talco en los pies
    • The croutons are toasted and dusted with sugar and spices.
    • It was spacious, it had a nice boardwalk linking the seating areas, lightly dusted with sand for effect.
    • That said, I'm a bit of a picnic pedant; I have to have little twists of salt and pepper to dust on to my crisp salad or a ripe tomato or two.
    • Or, roast some root vegetables, dusted with spices and tossed in olive oil, for 30-40 minutes.
    • Next to the salad you'll find rings of raw onion lightly dusted with the zesty, purple-red sumac, which brightens up the taste of the meat in a subtle, but noticeable way.
    • He leans forward to tie a lace, his foot resting on the wheel arch, the skin on his sculptural face so clear and refined, it's as if it has been dusted with gold.
    • She quickly rubbed baby oil all over him and then she dusted him with talcum powder.
    • Silica Gel is the same drying agent used in packing or flower drying and can be ground to a powder to dust onto insects.
    • Whichever noodles you choose, don't forget to dust some diced garlic powder onto them to add more fragrance.
    • As I tucked into my fries, each lightly dusted with salt, I could feel my entire system sighing with relief.
    • Leave the tart to cool and dust with cocoa powder.
    • If dusted with cocoa powder, as they often are, these are thought to look like freshly dug real truffles.
    • This along with the spices should be dusted over the mixed fruit and nuts, kneaded together.
    • But this lot was made with gingerbread, which was dusted with powdered sugar and pepper.
    • The chocolate biscuit cake dusted with coconut was great as a kiddie bribe and also went smoothly with my afternoon coffee.
    • Perhaps your cat would like her basket rearranged with a new throw and a little wee pillow all lightly dusted with catnip.
    • I imagine them in an eight by six metre space glowing ripe and juicy, dusted with a sprinkling of rain.
    • Water was available at all times, and the bats were fed daily with mealworms dusted with multivitamin powder.
    • We'll dust ourselves with clay and fossilized feces, fashion a tool driven by a concept, something to blow their little minds.
    • Sweetbread dusted in a spiced powder and roast whole was just so, but it was impaired by a dice of scallops.