Dust-ball

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Dust-ball a disease of horses, in which grain-dust forms a ball in the intestine
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. dúst; cf. Ger. dunst, vapour, Dut. duist, meal-dust.

Usage

In literature:

That yell swelled to a splitting shriek, and Treadwell slid in the dust, and the ball shot into Gregg's hands all at the same instant.
"The Redheaded Outfield and Other Baseball Stories" by Zane Grey
The ball cut a wisp of dust above and beyond them.
"The Heritage of the Desert" by Zane Grey
They were like white puff-balls, and when you trod on them a brown dust flew out.
"Dreams" by Olive Schreiner
Once a great stone fell from a turret, and broke into dust at my feet, and it is not my mind that a cannon-ball had loosened it.
"A Monk of Fife Being the chronicle written by Norman Leslie of Pitcullo, concerning marvellous deeds that befell in the realm of France, in the years of our redemption, MCCCCXXIX-XXXI. Now first done into English out of the French" by Andrew Lang
He had half buried the polo-ball in dust, and stuck six shrivelled old marigold flowers in a circle round it.
"Plain Tales from the Hills" by Rudyard Kipling
The fire-dust is within and so also is the ball.
"Sir Nigel" by Arthur Conan Doyle
You must afterwards bruise and stir it a while, so that the mercury may be divided into little balls as fine as dust.
"The Art of Travel" by Francis Galton
The smell of soap and water, and cedar, and moth balls, and dust, and the ghost of a perfumery that Pinky used to use pervaded the hot attic.
"Half Portions" by Edna Ferber
Like a flash he dropped flat in the dust and the ball just grazed him.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
The report of the pistol followed the words, and the ball caused a cloud of dust and rubbish to mingle with the smoke.
"The Rover of the Andes" by R.M. Ballantyne
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In poetry:

But his heart he saw, and he made a clutch
At the fungous puff-ball of sin:
Eaten with moths, and fretted with rust,
He grasped a handful of rotten dust,
And shrieked, as ghosts may, at the crumbling touch,
But hid it his breast within.
"For Where Your Treasure Is, There Will Your Heart Be Also" by George MacDonald

In news:

Is your stability ball rolling around your house, stuffed into a closet or gathering dust under your desk.
COVENTRY—The Heart and Soul Ball at the end of this month will give you an excuse to dust off your best black tie attire—all to support a cause.
Hitting a homerun in baseball and maintaining a softball field takes more than an occasional swipe of the ball and dusting off the bases after a game.
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In science:

These conditions make it possible to construct classical particle-like models of stable static charged dust balls in General Relativity .
Some peculiarities of motion of neutral and charged test particles in the field of a spherically symmetric charged object in General Relativity
Mathematically, the galactic haloes could in principle be purely baryonic, although they seem unlikely to be made out of gas, dust or “snow balls” 132 .
The Strange Spin of the Nucleon
Witten) considered the issue of the quantum instability of a Cauchy horizon occurring when a naked singularity arises in a (1 + 1)-dimensional model of the Tolman-Bondi collapse of a ball of dust.
Quantum Fields in Curved Spacetimes and Semiclassical Approaches: A Workshop Summary
Consider in flat space-time dynamics of a self-gravitating spherically symmetric homogeneous expending dust - ball with the mass M .
Acceleration of the Universe as a consequence of gravitation properties
R = R/dt, ¯E = E /mpc2 and E is the where R is the radius of the ball, energy of the specks of dust, C and A are the functions of R.
Acceleration of the Universe as a consequence of gravitation properties
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