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Meaning of POWDER

Pronunciation:  'pawdur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any of various cosmetic or medical preparations dispensed in the form of a powder
  2. [n]  a solid substance in the form of tiny loose particles; a solid that has been pulverized
  3. [n]  a mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur in a 75:15:10 ratio which is used in gunnery, time fuses, and fireworks
  4. [v]  apply powder to, as of one's nose or other body parts

POWDER is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: gunpowder, pulverisation, pulverization
 See Also: araroba, aspirin powder, baby powder, bath powder, chrysarobin, Dover's powder, dusting powder, explosive, face powder, Goa powder, headache powder, make up, medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine, pollen, solid, talc, toilet article, toilet powder, toiletries, toiletry



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pow"der\, n. [OE. poudre, pouldre, F. poudre, OF. also
    poldre, puldre, L. pulvis, pulveris: cf. pollen fine flour,
    mill dust, E. pollen. Cf. {Polverine}, {Pulverize}.]
    1. The fine particles to which any dry substance is reduced
       by pounding, grinding, or triturating, or into which it
       falls by decay; dust.
             Grind their bones to powder small.    --Shak.
    2. An explosive mixture used in gunnery, blasting, etc.;
       gunpowder. See {Gunpowder}.
    {Atlas powder}, {Baking powder}, etc. See under {Atlas},
       {Baking}, etc.
    {Powder down} (Zo["o]l.), the peculiar dust, or exfoliation,
       of powder-down feathers.
    {Powder-down feather} (Zo["o]l.), one of a peculiar kind of
       modified feathers which sometimes form patches on certain
       parts of some birds. They have a greasy texture and a
       scaly exfoliation.
    {Powder-down patch} (Zo["o]l.), a tuft or patch of
       powder-down feathers.
    {Powder hose}, a tube of strong linen, about an inch in
       diameter, filled with powder and used in firing mines.
    {Powder hoy} (Naut.), a vessel specially fitted to carry
       powder for the supply of war ships. They are usually
       painted red and carry a red flag.
    {Powder magazine}, or {Powder room}. See {Magazine}, 2.
    {Powder mine}, a mine exploded by gunpowder. See {Mine}.
    {Powder monkey} (Naut.), a boy formerly employed on war
       vessels to carry powder; a powder boy.
    {Powder post}. See {Dry rot}, under {Dry}.
    {Powder puff}. See {Puff}, n.
  2. \Pow"der\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Powdered}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Powdering}.] [F. poudrer.]
    1. To reduce to fine particles; to pound, grind, or rub into
       a powder; to comminute; to pulverize; to triturate.
    2. To sprinkle with powder, or as with powder; to be
       sprinkle; as, to powder the hair.
             A circling zone thou seest Powdered with stars.
    3. To sprinkle with salt; to corn, as meat. [Obs.]
  3. \Pow"der\, v. i.
    1. To be reduced to powder; to become like powder; as, some
       salts powder easily.
    2. To use powder on the hair or skin; as, she paints and
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