Meaning of powder


Pronunciation: (pou'dur), [key]
— n.
  1. any solid substance reduced to a state of fine, loose particles by crushing, grinding, disintegration, etc.
  2. a preparation in this form, as gunpowder or face powder.
  3. loose, usually fresh snow that is not granular, wet, or packed.
  1. to reduce to powder; pulverize.
  2. to sprinkle or cover with powder: She powdered the cookies with confectioners' sugar.
  3. to apply powder to (the face, skin, etc.) as a cosmetic.
  4. to sprinkle or strew as if with powder: A light snowfall powdered the landscape.
  5. to ornament in this fashion, as with small objects scattered over a surface: a dress lightly powdered with sequins.
  1. to use powder as a cosmetic.
  2. to become pulverized.


Pronunciation: (pou'dur), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to rush.
  1. a sudden, frantic, or impulsive rush.
  2. to leave in a hurry; depart without taking leave, as to avoid something unpleasant: He took a powder and left his mother to worry about his gambling debts.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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