from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A short-handled pan or scoop into which dust is swept.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A utensil for collecting and removing dust brushed from the floor, furniture, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A shovel-like utensil with a short handle used for conveying away dust brushed from the floor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A flat scoop with a short handle, into which dust is conveyed with a brush or broom.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the quantity that a dustpan will hold
  • noun a short-handled receptacle into which dust can be swept


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  • I forgot the word "dustpan" because I needed to get one and so I wrote "broom thingie" on my shopping list

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  • Rico was using the broom and dustpan and Hector followed behind slowly with the mop and bucket.


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  • Same idea with little brush and dustpan (I ended up with 3 sets, each one with name of the place they must to go back to).

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  • As they have done for the past 20 years, Joe will be wrapping the broom and dustpan this month at his Greensboro, N.C., home, and sending them off to Harry to use at his house in Nags Head, N.C. Next year, Joe gets them back.

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  • Hold on to your cammies and steelheads, ladies and gents … looks like we got ourselves another Omar the feather duster. #2 with a dustpan. bob h says:

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  • Bending, Von swept the pieces of dark glass into the plastic dustpan.

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  • Ron Vecchio , who runs a Long Island cleanup business called Minesweepers, agrees that a sweep-through with the old-school shovel and long-handled dustpan is indispensable, even though his company uses backpack blowers to try and get the job done faster.

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  • Bending, Von swept the pieces of dark glass into the plastic dustpan.

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  • I opted for this title because, in the face of tragedy, Olivia reached for her dustpan

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