Powder is a loose substance made up of extremely tiny, dry, solid grains. Think of the baking powder and cocoa powder you use when you make your famous chocolate layer cake.

Powder is usually made by grinding a hard material until it's the consistency of flour, fine sand, or light snow — in fact, freshly fallen, fluffy snow is often called powder. There's a fine line between a grain and a powder, but generally powders have the characteristic of clumping together, while grains are more loose and separate. When you powder something, you apply powder to it. The Latin root, pulverem, means "dust."

Definitions of powder

n a solid substance in the form of tiny loose particles; a solid that has been pulverized

pulverisation, pulverization
Type of:
matter that is solid at room temperature and pressure

n any of various cosmetic or medical preparations dispensed in the form of a pulverized powder

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Goa powder, araroba, chrysarobin
a bitter yellow powder used to treat skin diseases
aspirin powder, headache powder
a powdered form of aspirin
baby powder
powder used to prevent a baby's diaper from chafing
Dover's powder
a medicinal powder made essentially of ipecac and opium; formerly used to relieve pain and induce perspiration
face powder
cosmetic powder for the face
bath powder, dusting powder, toilet powder
a fine powder for spreading on the body (as after bathing)
talcum, talcum powder
a toilet powder made of purified talc and usually scented; absorbs excess moisture
Type of:
medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine
(medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
toilet articles, toiletry
artifacts used in making your toilet (washing and taking care of your body)

n a mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur in a 75:15:10 ratio which is used in gunnery, time fuses, and fireworks

Type of:
a chemical substance that undergoes a rapid chemical change (with the production of gas) on being heated or struck

v make into a powder by breaking up or cause to become dust

powderise, powderize, pulverise, pulverize
powderise, powderize, pulverise, pulverize
become powder or dust
Type of:
break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity

v apply powder to

“She powdered her nose”
“The King wears a powdered wig”
apply talcum powder to (one's body)
Type of:
make up
apply make-up or cosmetics to one's face to appear prettier

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