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1 a solid substance in the form of tiny loose particles; a solid that has been pulverized [syn: pulverization, pulverisation]
2 a mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur in


7515:10 ratio which is used in gunnery, time fuses, and fireworks [syn: gunpowder]
3 any of various cosmetic or medical preparations dispensed in the form of a powder


1 apply powder to; "She powdered her nose"; "The King wears a powdered wig"
2 make into a powder by breaking up or cause to become dust; "pulverize the grains" [syn: powderize, powderise, pulverize, pulverise]

User Contributed Dictionary



From poudre, pouldre, etyl fro poudre, poldre, puldre, etyl la pulvis. cf. pollen fine flour, mill dust, E. pollen. Cf. , .




  1. The fine particles to which any dry substance is reduced by pounding, grinding, or triturating, or into which it falls by decay; dust.
    Grind their bones to powder small. —Shakespeare
  2. An explosive mixture used in gunnery, blasting, etc.; gunpowder.


  1. To reduce to fine particles; to pound, grind, or rub into a powder; to comminute; to pulverize; to triturate.
  2. To sprinkle with powder, or as with powder; to be sprinkle
    to powder the hair.
    A circling zone thou seest / Powdered with stars. --Milton.
  3. To be reduced to powder; to become like powder.
    Some salts powder easily.
  4. To use powder on the hair or skin; as,
    She paints and powders.


To reduce to fine particles
To sprinkle with powder
To be reduced to powder
To use powder on the hair or skin

Extensive Definition

Powder may refer to a number of topics, including:
Several powdery substances are known colloquially as "powder":
powder in German: Pulver
powder in Esperanto: Polvo
powder in French: Poudre
powder in Hebrew: אבקה
powder in Dutch: Poeder
powder in Japanese: 粉
powder in Russian: Порох (значения)
powder in Simple English: Powder
powder in Yiddish: פולווער

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