Dust Limit

1. concept

"Dust" in the context of cryptocurrencies refers to an amount of a crypto asset that is so small that it is less than the minimum transaction fee. As a result, it becomes uneconomical to move this amount as the transaction fee would be greater than the value of the asset being transferred.


"If you have 0.00001 Bitcoin in your wallet, it might be considered dust because the transaction fee to move it could be higher than its value."

2. blockchain

The concept of dust is closely related to the way blockchain networks handle transaction fees. These fees are used as incentives for miners to include transactions in the blocks they mine. If the value of the transaction is less than the fee, miners have no incentive to include it in a block, making the transaction unfeasible.


"Due to the high transaction fees on the Bitcoin network, small amounts of Bitcoin in a wallet can often become dust."

3. cryptocurrency

The dust limit varies between different cryptocurrencies. For instance, on Bitcoin Cash (BCH), the dust limit is a fraction of a cent, while on Bitcoin (BTC), the dust limit can often be between $2-10, and even more on Ethereum (ETH) due to high gas fees.


"With the rise in Ethereum's gas fees, even a few dollars of ETH could be considered dust as it might not cover the transaction fee."

* All terms and definitions may update as the Cryptionary improves.