What does powder mean?

Definitions for powder
ˈpaʊ dərpow·der

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. powder, pulverization, pulverisation(noun)

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

  2. gunpowder, powder(noun)

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

  3. powder(verb)

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

  4. powderize, powderise, powder, pulverize, pulverise(verb)

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

    "pulverize the grains"

  5. powder(verb)

    apply powder to

    "She powdered her nose"; "The King wears a powdered wig"


  1. powder(Noun)

    The fine particles to which any dry substance is reduced by pounding, grinding, or triturating, or into which it falls by decay; dust.

  2. powder(Noun)

    An explosive mixture used in gunnery, blasting, etc.; gunpowder.

  3. powder(Noun)

    Light, dry, fluffy snow.

  4. powder(Verb)

    To reduce to fine particles.

  5. powder(Verb)

    To sprinkle with powder, or as with powder.

    to powder the hair.

  6. powder(Verb)

    To be reduced to powder; to become like powder.

    Some salts powder easily.

  7. powder(Verb)

    To use powder on the hair or skin.

    She paints and powders.

  8. Origin: From poudre, pouldre, poudre, poldre, puldre, pulvis. compare pollen fine flour, mill dust, E. pollen. Compare polverine, pulverize.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Powder(noun)

    the fine particles to which any dry substance is reduced by pounding, grinding, or triturating, or into which it falls by decay; dust

  2. Powder(noun)

    an explosive mixture used in gunnery, blasting, etc.; gunpowder. See Gunpowder

  3. Powder(verb)

    to reduce to fine particles; to pound, grind, or rub into a powder; to comminute; to pulverize; to triturate

  4. Powder(verb)

    to sprinkle with powder, or as with powder; to be sprinkle; as, to powder the hair

  5. Powder(verb)

    to sprinkle with salt; to corn, as meat

  6. Powder(verb)

    to be reduced to powder; to become like powder; as, some salts powder easily

  7. Powder(verb)

    to use powder on the hair or skin; as, she paints and powders

  8. Origin: [OE. poudre, pouldre, F. poudre, OF. also poldre, puldre, L. pulvis, pulveris: cf. pollen fine flour, mill dust, E. pollen. Cf. Polverine, Pulverize.]


  1. Powder

    Powder were a Britpop band, who existed between 1994 and 1997, and released three singles on Parkway Records. Signed in late 1994 by music public relations agents John Best and Phill Savidge, they were the first band on the label. Powder were fronted by Pearl Lowe, with songwriters Mark Thomas on guitar and Tim McTighe on bass and James Walden on drums. Their first single "20th Century Gods", a Select Single Of The Month, sold out of its pressing of 1,500 within two days. This was followed by the release of "Afrodisiac" in June 1995, and appearances at music festivals as well as prime-time BBC music special Britpop Now. As the Parkway offices were situated in Camden, Powder were subjected to a fair amount of criticism from the music press for being a "Scenester" band, though in fact none of them actually lived there. They also acquired a stigma for touring with Menswear, who were at that time continually mocked by the NME and Melody Maker. After the release of their third and last single "Deep Fried" in November 1995, Powder stopped touring as Pearl was pregnant. By the time she was ready to tour again the band was finished, having announcing their split in spring 1996. Posthumous album MCMXCV, a compilation of all the tracks from their three singles, was released in Japan in 1997.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Powder

    pow′dėr, n. dust: any substance in fine particles: gunpowder, a mixture of charcoal, sulphur, and saltpetre: hair-powder.—v.t. to reduce to powder: to sprinkle with powder: to salt by sprinkling.—v.i. to crumble into powder: to use powder for the hair.—n. Pow′der-box, a box for toilet-powder, &c.—adj. Pow′dered, reduced to powder: sprinkled with powder: salted.—ns. Pow′der-flask, Pow′der-horn, a flask or horn for carrying powder, fitted with a means of measuring the amount of each charge; Pow′dering-gown, a loose dressing-gown worn while the hair was being powdered; Pow′dering-tub, a vessel in which meat is salted: a vessel in which venereal disease is treated by sweating; Pow′der-mag′azine, a strongly built place where powder is stored; Pow′der-mill, a mill in which gunpowder is made; Pow′der-mine, an excavation filled with gunpowder for blasting rocks, &c.; Pow′der-monk′ey, a boy formerly employed to carry powder to the gunners on board a ship-of-war; Pow′der-room, the room in a ship where powder is kept.—adj. Pow′dery, resembling or sprinkled with powder: dusty: friable. [O. Fr. poudre—L. pulvis, pulveris, dust.]

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  1. powder


Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. powder

    See Gunpowder.

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'powder' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4659

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'powder' in Nouns Frequency: #2353

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of powder in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of powder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of powder in a Sentence

  1. Steny Hoyer:

    We're holding our powder dry.

  2. Marc Seidner:

    That's where you have to have some dry powder.

  3. Oliver Cromwell:

    Put your trust in God and keep your powder dry.

  4. Veryan Khan:

    The situation inMauritania isa powder kegveryfew people are talking about.

  5. Mark Schofield:

    Keeping our powder dry and being alert to future opportunities seems the best strategy.

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