Powder definition

poudər
A dry explosive mixture, such as gunpowder.
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To turn into or produce as a powder.

Tea that is powdered.

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Light dry snow.
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To put powder on.

Powdered the cake with sugar.

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Any dry substance in the form of very fine, dustlike particles, produced by crushing, grinding, etc.
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To apply cosmetic powder to (the body, face, etc.)
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To make into powder; pulverize.
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To be made into powder.
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To use powder as a cosmetic.
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A substance consisting of ground, pulverized, or otherwise finely dispersed solid particles.
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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.

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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.

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To strew or ornament with small objects or flecks.

The stars powdered the sky.

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A specific kind of powder.

Bath powder, face powder.

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Fine, light, powdery snow, considered best for skiing.
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A drug in the form of powder.
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A dose of this.
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(slang) A sudden or impulsive rush.
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To sprinkle or cover with or as with powder.
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Any of various preparations in the form of powder, as certain cosmetics and medicines.
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The fine particles to which any dry substance is reduced by pounding, grinding, or triturating, or into which it falls by decay; dust.
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An explosive mixture used in gunnery, blasting, etc.; gunpowder.
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(informal) Light, dry, fluffy snow.
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To reduce to fine particles; to pound, grind, or rub into a powder.
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To sprinkle with powder, or as with powder.

To powder the hair.

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(intransitive) To be reduced to powder; to become like powder.

Some salts powder easily.

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(intransitive) To use powder on the hair or skin.

She paints and powders.

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To sprinkle with salt; to corn, as meat.
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A substance consisting of ground, pulverized, or otherwise finely dispersed solid particles.
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Any of various preparations in the form of powder, as certain cosmetics and medicines.
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keep (one's) powder dry
  • To be ready for a challenge with little warning.
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take a powder
  • To make a quick departure; run away.
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keep one's powder dry
  • to be ready for action
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
powder
Plural:
powders

Origin of powder

  • Middle English poudre from Old French from Latin pulvis pulver-

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English poudre, pouldre, Old French poudre, poldre, puldre, Latin pulvis (“dust, powder"). compare pollen fine flour, mill dust, E. pollen. Compare polverine, pulverize.

    From Wiktionary