pow·​dery | \ ˈpau̇-də-rē How to pronounce powdery (audio) \

Definition of powdery

1a : resembling or consisting of powder powdery snow
b : easily reduced to powder : crumbling
2 : covered with or as if with powder

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Examples of powdery in a Sentence

the beach's powdery white sand We skied down the powdery slopes.
Recent Examples on the Web You're Exposed to Tear Gas Tear gas is a thick, powdery fog that sticks to moisture, like saliva, sweat, tears, and mucous membranes and causes an intense burning sensation. Louryn Strampe, Wired, "How to Protest Safely: What to Bring, What to Do, and What to Avoid," 2 June 2020 Beaches in the coastal states are in the process of welcoming guests (slowly and distantly) back to their powdery, soft-sanded shores. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, "Is It Safe to Go to the Beach? Experts Weigh In As Memorial Day Weekend Begins," 23 May 2020 Grand Haven State Park, Michigan Set on the shores of Lake Michigan, this 48-acre park with powdery white sand offers activities like fat-tire biking, barbecuing, sunbathing, swimming, and volleyball. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "25 Best Beaches in the U.S.," 20 May 2020 The resort island, known for its powdery white sand and shallow waters, was shut down for months for a government clean up before gradually reopening to the public about a year ago. Ian C Sayson, Bloomberg.com, "Philippine Tourists Bracing for Worst as Volcano Brings Its Fury," 6 May 2020 Klorane and Batiste lean more powdery, Dove and Tresemmé have more of a micro-mist, while Living Proof has oil-eliminating molecules that actually clean your hair. Glamour Beauty Editors, Glamour, "Shop All the Glamour Beauty Awards Readers’ Choice Hair Nominees," 15 Jan. 2020 One, in a darkened tunnel, is shot amid a crimson glow and a clouds of powdery white (from a flour truck). Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "‘Bloodshot’ has plenty of brawn, but lacks brains," 12 Mar. 2020 The server set the jars’ tops aside, reached in with silver tongs and lifted a long, chubby white band of powdery marshmallow, snipping off squares with shiny oversize scissors. Dorie Greenspan, New York Times, "The Sensuous Pleasures of Handmade Marshmallows," 5 Feb. 2020 In total, law enforcement seized 56 kilos of the white, powdery drug from beneath the bananas, valued at nearly $1.4 million, authorities said. Katie Mettler, Washington Post, "These Safeway shipments were bananas — and so was the cocaine found inside," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of powdery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Powdery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/powdery. Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of powdery

: like powder
: covered with powder


pow·​dery | \ ˈpau̇-də-rē How to pronounce powdery (audio) \

Kids Definition of powdery

1 : made of or like powder powdery snow
2 : easily crumbled powdery bricks
3 : covered or sprinkled with or as if with powder a powdery mountain slope

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