Definition of powder noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpaʊdə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaʊdər//
    Snow and ice
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  1. 1  [uncountable, countable] a dry mass of very small fine pieces or grains chilli powder lumps of chalk crushed to (a) fine white powder The snow was like powder. A wide range of cleaning fluids and powders is available. The mustard is sold in powder form. powder skiing (= on fine dry snow) see also baking powder, curry powder, soap powder, talcum powder, washing powder See related entries: Snow and ice
  2. 2[uncountable] a very fine, soft, dry substance that you can put on your face to make it look smooth and dry I only use lipstick and a little powder.
  3. 3[uncountable] = gunpowder
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French poudre, from Latin pulvis, pulver- ‘dust’.Extra examples Before the photo dries, the image is dusted with a special powder. She quickly dabbed some powder on her cheeks. The medication is also available in powder form. The seeds are ground into a fine powder before use.Idioms (old-fashioned) to remain ready for a possible emergency (North American English, informal) to leave suddenly; to run away
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