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

They are crushed to extract their oil and the remaining pulp is dried and powdered. The Economist, "Beetles and flies are becoming part of the agricultural food chain," 4 July 2019 In its sleek, unfussy dining room, glamour and grit sat cheek by jowl, and going to the bathroom to powder your nose could mean one of two things. New York Times, "Why Early ’80s New York Matters Today," 17 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In another bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt to blend them. Lisa Yockelson, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: In New England, a blueberry cake on the kitchen counter is a treasured summer moment," 1 July 2019 In a large mixing bowl, use a spoon to mix together the bread flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and chocolate chunks. Amber Turpin, The Mercury News, "Make chocolate chip scones for breakfast with tips from an SF chef," 29 June 2019 In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, the flour and baking powder. 5 Using your fingers, break apart the almond paste into small chunks and place them in the bowl of a stand mixer or large bowl. Ben Mims, latimes.com, "Saturday Cooks: Fresh farmers market cherries get a boost in flavor from a surprising source," 29 June 2019 Step 2 Sift together the sugar, sweet rice flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl. Sarah Henry, Washington Post, "We’re sold on these chewy, buttery, soft baked mochi squares," 27 June 2019 Hawkins's stepdad, Dan Conley, is covered with pink powder after an air cannon fired backwards on him during a recent gender reveal. Te-ping Chen, WSJ, "Gender-Reveal Parties Are Getting Out of Hand," 20 June 2019 Priests cover their bodies and faces with rice powder. Washington Post, "AP Photos: Tribe in northeast India prays for good harvest," 12 June 2019 Along with the powder, there’s a mini mirror and two different applicators. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "This Benefit Cosmetics Powder Foundation Solves (Almost) All of My Skin Problems," 11 June 2019 To finish, garnish with lots of mint and thyme; dust with Chartreuse powder. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "This Mad Science Experiment Is the Key to the Perfect Mint Julep," 3 May 2019

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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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