dousting

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

dousting

  1. present participle of doust

Noun[edit]

dousting (plural doustings)

  1. (obsolete, West Country) A beating, a dusting.
    • Bottrell, William (1880) Stories and Folklore of West Cornwall: “"For they'll get a mayn dousting when ever they coam."”
  2. (obsolete, mining, chiefly Cornwall) A process for separating the dust from ore.
    • Lock, Charles George Warnford (1895) Economic mining: a practical handbook for the miner, the metallurgist and the merchant: “Dry winnowing or "dousting" is useful where the ore is more friable than the ganguo, eg the chalcopyrite and erubescite at the Capo copper-mines, Namaqualand.”