powder

verb
pow·​der | \ ˈpau̇-dər How to pronounce powder (audio) \
powdered; powdering\ ˈpau̇-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce powdering (audio) \

Definition of powder

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to sprinkle or cover with or as if with powder
2 : to reduce or convert to powder
3 : to hit very hard

intransitive verb

1 : to become powder
2 : to apply cosmetic powder

powder

noun, often attributive

Definition of powder (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : matter in a finely divided state : particulate matter
2a : a preparation in the form of fine particles especially for medicinal or cosmetic use
b : fine dry light snow
3 : any of various solid explosives used chiefly in gunnery and blasting

Powder

geographical name
Pow·​der | \ ˈpau̇-dər How to pronounce Powder (audio) \

Definition of Powder (Entry 3 of 3)

1 river 150 miles (241 kilometers) long in eastern Oregon flowing into the Snake River
2 river 375 miles (604 kilometers) long in northern Wyoming and southeastern Montana flowing north into the Yellowstone River

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Other Words from powder

Verb

powderer \ ˈpau̇-​dər-​ər How to pronounce powderer (audio) \ noun

Noun

powderless \ ˈpau̇-​dər-​ləs How to pronounce powderless (audio) \ adjective
powderlike \ ˈpau̇-​dər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce powderlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of powder in a Sentence

Verb

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

Noun

The powder is made from the roots of the plant. Mix together the different powders. She crushed the peppercorns into a fine powder. We're running low on baby powder and diapers. We woke this morning to several inches of fresh powder on the ground.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

New York’s Kalustyan’s sells the peel in both dried and powdered form, in their shop and online (foodsofnations.com). Allegra Ben-amotz, WSJ, "This Ingredient Lights Up a Dish Like No Other," 18 Dec. 2018 Inside is powdered activated charcoal to absorb any potential leakage. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How the Experts Identify Chemical Weapons and Prove an Attack," 7 Aug. 2018 The tariffs cover a wide variety of cheeses, including grated and powdered. Dale Kasler, sacbee, "How Trump's trade war is hurting California's largest agricultural sector," 8 June 2018 Image On a recent April morning, the developer Mark Gordon stood in a just-finished guest room in his Moxy Downtown hotel in Lower Manhattan, plaster dust powdering his black pants. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "Drawing a Younger Crowd to Lower Manhattan," 22 May 2018 Then, Cheng followed up the cream shadow with the Chanel Ombre Première Longwear Powder Eyeshadow In Poudre d’Or, a gold powdered shadow. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Yara Shahidi's Makeup Artist Reveals Her Body-Highlighting Secrets for the Met Gala 2018," 7 May 2018 Other seasonings used to in this dish are powdered rosemary and porcini powder. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Spice savvy: These 7 trendy seasonings will add pizzazz to your cooking," 27 Feb. 2018 That year, more than 13 inches powdered the ground. San Antonio Express-News, "Snow and then: Photos from South Texas' memorable snowfalls," 9 Dec. 2017 Delish reports that a German consumer group found that the quantities of powdered skimmed milk in Nutella had increased from 7.5% to 8.7%, while the sugar content rose from 55.9% to 56.3%. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Alert! Nutella Changed Its Recipe," 8 Nov. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

So, shaping your brows and defining them with a soft powder or a tinted brow gel does the trick. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "The 7 Best Eye Makeup Tips for Mature Skin," 13 Mar. 2019 Finish up the coverage with a setting powder or spray. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Celebrity Beauty Expert Offers the Best Tips On How to Hide Your Biggest Hickeys," 7 Mar. 2019 The last time gray hair was this hot was probably the 1700s, when Marie Antoinette types would dust wigs with white powder scented with lavender or orange flower. Rory Satran, WSJ, "The Hottest Hair Color of the Moment is...Gray," 17 Jan. 2019 Fill in a finer hairstyle with a fibrous hair powder. Amy Marturana, SELF, "17 Styling Tricks Women with Fine, Flat Hair Need to Know," 21 Dec. 2018 Got some mascara and a makeup compact with powder and a lipstick. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "What’s In Your Bag, The Regrettes?," 5 Nov. 2018 After grilling the corn, the cheese, mixed with mayonnaise, is brushed on the cobs, then more cotija is sprinkled on top with chile powder. Anush Elbakyan, BostonGlobe.com, "5 easy Fourth of July recipes for the grill," 29 June 2018 But don't start exfoliating your face with Emergen-C powder just yet. Adam Hurly, GQ, "The Best Vitamin C Products for Having Clear, Healthy Skin," 29 June 2018 Add a side of Greek fries dusted with feta cheese powder with tzatziki dip. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, "Where to eat at Wells St. Market, the Loop's newest food hall," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of powder

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for powder

Noun

Middle English poudre, from Anglo-French pudre, podre, from Latin pulver-, pulvis dust; probably akin to Sanskrit palāva chaff

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More Definitions for powder

powder

verb

English Language Learners Definition of powder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to put powder on (your face or body)

powder

noun

English Language Learners Definition of powder (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

powder

verb
pow·​der | \ ˈpau̇-dər How to pronounce powder (audio) \
powdered; powdering

Kids Definition of powder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to sprinkle or cover with or as if with fine particles of something The cookies were powdered with sugar.
2 : to reduce or change to powder

powder

noun

Kids Definition of powder (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a dry substance made up of fine particles The stone was crushed into powder.
2 : something (as a food, medicine, or cosmetic) made in or changed to the form of a powder garlic powder
3 : gunpowder

powder

noun
pow·​der | \ ˈpau̇d-ər How to pronounce powder (audio) \

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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