duster

[duhs-ter]
noun
1.
a person or thing that removes or applies dust.
2.
a cloth, brush, etc., for removing dust.
3.
a lightweight housecoat.
4.
an apparatus or device for sprinkling dust, powder, insecticide, or the like, especially on plants.
5.
a person employed in spreading insecticidal dusts or the like on crops from a low-flying plane.
6.
a long, light overgarment, worn especially in the early days of open automobiles to protect the clothing from dust.
7.
a summer-weight coat for women that is loose-fitting and often unlined.
9.
Baseball. a ball purposely thrown by a pitcher at or dangerously close to a batter.
11.
(initial capital letter) Military. a self-propelled U.S. antiaircraft gun of the 1950s, armed with twin 40mm cannon.

Origin:
1570–80; dust + -er1

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duster (ˈdʌstə)
 
n
1.  US name: dust cloth a cloth used for dusting furniture, etc
2.  a machine for blowing out dust over trees or crops
3.  a person or thing that dusts

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Word Origin & History

duster
1570s, "dust brush for clothes," from dust. Meaning "sifter" is from 1660s; that of "cloth worn to keep off dust" is from 1864.
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duster definition


  1. n.
    the buttocks. (See also rusty-dusty.) : She fell down right on her duster.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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