verb pow·der \ˈpa-dər\

: to put powder on (your face or body)

pow·deredpow·der·ing \ˈpa-d(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of POWDER

transitive verb
:  to sprinkle or cover with or as if with powder
:  to reduce or convert to powder
:  to hit very hard
intransitive verb
:  to become powder
:  to apply cosmetic powder
pow·der·er \-dər-ər\ noun

Examples of POWDER

  1. She powdered her face and put on lipstick.
  2. <you have to powder the antibiotic tablet and mix it with food>

First Known Use of POWDER

13th century

Rhymes with POWDER


noun, often attributive

: a dry substance made up of very tiny pieces of something

: a very fine, dry substance that is put on your body or face especially to make it dry or less shiny

: snow that is very light and dry

Full Definition of POWDER

:  matter in a finely divided state :  particulate matter
a :  a preparation in the form of fine particles especially for medicinal or cosmetic use
b :  fine dry light snow
:  any of various solid explosives used chiefly in gunnery and blasting
pow·der·less \-ləs\ adjective
pow·der·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of POWDER

  1. The powder is made from the roots of the plant.
  2. Mix together the different powders.
  3. She crushed the peppercorns into a fine powder.
  4. We're running low on baby powder and diapers.
  5. We woke this morning to several inches of fresh powder on the ground.

Origin of POWDER

Middle English poudre, from Anglo-French pudre, podre, from Latin pulver-, pulvis dust; probably akin to Sanskrit palāva chaff
First Known Use: 14th century


geographical name Pow·der \ˈpa-dər\

Definition of POWDER

river 150 miles (241 kilometers) E Oregon flowing into the Snake
river 375 miles (604 kilometers) N Wyoming & SE Montana flowing N into the Yellowstone


noun pow·der \ˈpad-ər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of POWDER

:  a product in the form of discrete usually fine particles; specifically :  a medicine or medicated preparation in the form of a powder <antiseptic powder> <digestive powder>


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