- Powder is a dry, dusty substance.
- An example of powder is a type of makeup women use to set their foundation.
- An example of powder is light, fine snow.
- Powder is defined as to sprinkle or apply a dry, dusty substance.
- An example of powder is to apply makeup to the face.
- An example of powder is to sprinkle talc on the body after a shower.
- any dry substance in the form of very fine, dustlike particles, produced by crushing, grinding, etc.
- a specific kind of powder: bath powder, face powder
- a drug in the form of powder
- a dose of this
Origin of powderprob. in reference to swift explosion of powderSlang a sudden or impulsive rush: obs. or Brit. dial. except in the slang phrase ☆ , to run away; leave
- fine, light, powdery snow, considered best for skiing
Origin of powderMiddle English poudre ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin pulvis (gen. pulveris), dust: see pollen
- to sprinkle or cover with or as with powder
- to apply cosmetic powder to (the body, face, etc.)
- to make into powder; pulverize
- to be made into powder
- to use powder as a cosmetic
keep one's powder dry
Origin of powderin reference to gunpowderSlang to be ready for action
- A substance consisting of ground, pulverized, or otherwise finely dispersed solid particles.
- Any of various preparations in the form of powder, as certain cosmetics and medicines.
- A dry explosive mixture, such as gunpowder.
- Light dry snow.
transitive verbpow·dered, pow·der·ing, pow·ders
- To turn into or produce as a powder: tea that is powdered.
- To put powder on: powdered the cake with sugar.
- To strew or ornament with small objects or flecks: The stars powdered the sky.
Origin of powderMiddle English poudre, from Old French, from Latin pulvis, pulver-.
(countable and uncountable, plural powders)
(third-person singular simple present powders, present participle powdering, simple past and past participle powdered)
- To reduce to fine particles; to pound, grind, or rub into a powder.
- To sprinkle with powder, or as with powder.
- to powder the hair
- (intransitive) To be reduced to powder; to become like powder.
- Some salts powder easily.
- (intransitive) To use powder on the hair or skin.
- She paints and powders.
- To sprinkle with salt; to corn, as meat.