powdery

adjective
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for powdery

Synonyms

dusty, fine, floury

Antonyms

coarse, grainy, granular, granulated

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Examples of powdery in a Sentence

the beach's powdery white sand We skied down the powdery slopes.

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The mission on the moon then over, astronaut Buzz Aldrin peeked out from the Apollo lunar module onto the powdery grey surface before him, the U.S. flag planted into it — just about the only color as far as the eye could see. Chabeli Herrera, orlandosentinel.com, "The moon is a graveyard of Apollo astronaut trash. Here’s what we’ll find when we return.," 5 July 2019 Police found an unidentified white and brown powdery substance and what looked like a baggie of marijuana on a table in the room. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Man found dead, possibly of overdose, in hotel room: Brook Park Police Blotter," 5 July 2019 Glide past gigantic limestone peaks, hop aboard kayaks to explore echoey grottoes, or make a sandcastle on one of the powdery white beaches. National Geographic, "Southeast Asia Family Journey: Vietnam to Cambodia," 12 June 2019 Ski or snowboard down the powdery slopes of the Southern Alps, and document all the action for a short adventure film. National Geographic, "New Zealand High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 Phoenix fire and police were at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix after reports of a white, powdery substance brought to stadium security Thursday afternoon. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "Hazardous material crews check Chase Field after two bags of powdery substance found," 13 June 2019 Mountain Pass ships its main product - a powdery substance that looks like crushed cocoa - to China for processing before it is sold to Chinese customers. David J. Lynch, Anchorage Daily News, "China hints it will choke off U.S. ‘rare earths’ access. But it’s not that easy.," 11 June 2019 Similar to powdery pastel (another big color trend for spring), the shade is great for anyone with pale highlights or platinum-white hair, says Stephanie Brown, master colorist at IGK Salon Soho in New York City. Bella Cacciatore, Allure, "Lavender Gray Is Spring's Coolest Hair-Color Trend," 11 Apr. 2019 Similar to powdery pastel (another big color trend for spring), the shade is great for anyone with pale highlights or platinum-white hair, says Stephanie Brown, master colorist at IGK Salon Soho in New York City. Glamour, "Lavender-Gray Hair Is Spring’s Most Unexpectedly Cool Color Trend," 9 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of powdery

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

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The first known use of powdery was in the 15th century

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powdery

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of powdery

: like powder
: covered with powder

powdery

adjective
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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