What does powder mean?

Definitions for powder
ˈpaʊ dərpow·der

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word powder.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. powder, pulverization, pulverisationnoun

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

  2. gunpowder, powdernoun

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

  3. powderverb

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

  4. powderize, powderise, powder, pulverize, pulveriseverb

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

    "pulverize the grains"

  5. powderverb

    apply powder to

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


  1. powdernoun

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

  2. powdernoun

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

  3. powdernoun

    Light, dry, fluffy snow.

  4. powderverb

    To reduce to fine particles.

  5. powderverb

    To sprinkle with powder, or as with powder.

    to powder the hair.

  6. powderverb

    To be reduced to powder; to become like powder.

    Some salts powder easily.

  7. powderverb

    To use powder on the hair or skin.

    She paints and powders.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. POWDERnoun

    Etymology: poudre, Fr.

    The calf which they had made, he burnt in the fire, and ground it to powder. Ex. xxxii. 20.

    The seditious being furnished with artillery, powder and shot, battered Bishopsgate. John Hayward.

    As to the taking of a town, there were few conquerors could signalize themselves that way, before the invention of powder and fortifications. Addison.

    When th’ hair is sweet through pride or lust,
    The powder doth forget the dust. George Herbert.

    Our humbler province is to tend the fair,
    To save the powder from too rude a gale. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Powderverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Powder thy radiant hair,
    Which if without such ashes thou would’st wear,
    Thou who, to all which come to look upon,
    Wert meant for Phœbus, would’st be Phaeton. John Donne.

    In the galaxy, that milky way
    Which nightly, as a circling zone, thou see’st
    Powder’d with stars. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. vii.

    The powder’d footman
    Beneath his flapping hat secures his hair. John Gay.

    If you imbowel me to day, I’ll give you leave to powder me and eat me to-morrow. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Salting of oysters, and powdering of meat, keepeth them from putrefaction. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    My hair I never powder, but my chief
    Invention is to get me powder’d beef. John Cleveland.

    Immoderate feeding upon powdered beef, pickled meats, anchovy, and debauching with brandy do inflame and acuate the blood. Gideon Harvey, on Consumptions.

  3. To Powderverb

    To come tumultuously and violently. A low corrupt word.

    Whilst two companions were disputing it at sword’s point, down comes a kite powdering upon them, and gobbets up both. Roger L'Estrange.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Powdernoun

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

  2. Powdernoun

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

  3. Powderverb

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

  4. Powderverb

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

  5. Powderverb

    to sprinkle with salt; to corn, as meat

  6. Powderverb

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

  7. Powderverb

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

  8. Etymology: [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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. powder


Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. powder

    See Gunpowder.

Suggested Resources

  1. powder

    Song lyrics by powder -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by powder on the Lyrics.com website.

Matched Categories

British National Corpus

  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

How to pronounce powder?

How to say powder in sign language?


  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. Paradi Mirmirani:

    Dry shampoos use powder, starch, or talc to soak up oil, and none of those ingredients directly impact the ability of follicles to grow new hair.

  2. Shazill Maqsood:

    My daughter got ill with pneumonia, so I was told to give her some powder medication from the local market.

  3. Stephen Simko:

    Using its newfound dry powder to address its portfolio weaknesses could go a long way toward shoring up its outlook in the era of low oil and gas prices.

  4. Nick Maroutsos:

    We believe the Fed is trying to thread the needle, balancing market jitters about slowing global growth with robust consumer spending and a strong job market in the U.S., in other words, by cutting just 25 bps, the Fed is trying to bolster market confidence while also keeping some dry powder in reserve in case of an economic shock.

  5. Ben Le Brun:

    A lot of traders are keeping their powder dry in front of non-farm payroll data - it's the number one (indicator) in terms of crude consumers.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for powder

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for powder »


Find a translation for the powder definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these powder definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "powder." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 7 Oct. 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/powder>.

    Are we missing a good definition for powder? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    • A. bibulous
    • B. motile
    • C. ostensive
    • D. pecuniary

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for powder: