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RUST, n. Gr. probably from its color, and allied to ruddy, red, as L. rubigo is from rubeo. See Ruddy.

1. The oxyd of a metal a substance composed of oxygen combined with a metal, and forming a rough coat on its surface. All metals except gold are liable to rust.
2. Loss of power by inactivity, as metals lose their brightness and smoothness when not used.
3. Any foul matter contracted as rust on corn or salted meat.
4. Foul extraneous matter as sacred truths cleared from the rust of human mixtures.
5. A disease in grain, a kind of dust which gathers on the stalks and leaves.


1. To contract rust to be oxydized and contract a roughness on the surface.

Our armors now may rust.

2. To degenerate in idleness to become dull by inaction.

Must I rust in Egypt?

3. To gather dust or extraneous matter.


1. To cause to contract rust.

Keep up your bright swords, for the dew will rust them.

2. To impair by time and inactivity.

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The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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Entry for 'Rust'. King James Dictionary.

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