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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the beach's powdery white sand We skied down the powdery slopes.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 The officer found a folded paper in the man’s wallet that contained a powdery substance. cleveland, "Motorist with warrants calls police when locked out of car: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 13 Feb. 2020 This winter in the Louisville area has so far been light on snow, with the city receiving about an inch and a half of the powdery stuff. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Freezing temps bring chance of snow after Louisville's warm weather comes to an end," 6 Feb. 2020 The closest color approximation is a powdery orange that falls somewhere between the actor George Hamilton’s complexion and a package of Sizzlean. New York Times, "In London, Cheetos Tans and a Codpiece Are in Fashion," 6 Jan. 2020 For the past eight days, two steel anvils have been crushing a powdery mix of compounds inside the press at temperatures of more than 1,500 °C and up to 40,000 times atmospheric pressure. Mark Zastrow, Scientific American, "The Crystal Kings," 26 Nov. 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 25 May. 2020.

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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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