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Webster 1913 Edition


Powder

Pow′der

,
Noun.
[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.
Shakespeare
2.
An explosive mixture used in gunnery, blasting, etc.; gunpowder. See
Gunpowder
.
Atlas powder
,
Baking powder
,
etc. See under
Atlas
,
Baking
, etc.
Powder down
(Zool.)
,
the peculiar dust, or exfoliation, of powder-down feathers.
Powder-down feather
(Zool.)
,
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
(Zool.)
,
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.
Farrow.
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
,
Noun.

Pow′der

,
Verb.
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.
Milton.
3.
To sprinkle with salt; to corn, as meat.
[Obs.]

Pow′der

,
Verb.
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
powders
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Powder

POW'DER

,
Noun.
[L. pulvis.]
1.
Any dry substance composed of minute particles, whether natural or artificial; more generally, a substance comminuted or triturated to fine particles. Thus dust is the powder of earth; flour is the powder of grain. But the word is particularly applied to substances reduced to fine particles for medicinal purposes.
2.
A composition of saltpeter, sulphur and charcoal, mixed and granulated; gun-powder.
3.
Hair powder; pulverized starch.

POW'DER

,
Verb.
T.
To reduce to fine particles; to comminute; to pulverize; to triturate; to pound, grind or rub into fine particles.
1.
To sprinkle with powder; as, to powder the hair.
2.
To sprinkle with salt; to corn; as meat.

POW'DER

,
Verb.
I.
To come violently. [Not in use.]

Definition 2022


powder

powder

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Noun

powder (countable and uncountable, plural powders)

  1. The fine particles to which any dry substance is reduced by pounding, grinding, or triturating, or into which it falls by decay; dust.
  2. (cosmetics) A mixture of fine dry, sweet-smelling particles applied to the face or other body parts, to reduce shine or to alleviate chaffing.
    • 1912, Willa Cather, The Bohemian Girl:
      She was redolent of violet sachet powder, and had warm, soft, white hands, but she danced divinely, moving as smoothly as the tide coming in.
  3. An explosive mixture used in gunnery, blasting, etc.; gunpowder.
  4. (informal) Light, dry, fluffy snow.

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Verb

powder (third-person singular simple present powders, present participle powdering, simple past and past participle powdered)

  1. (transitive) To reduce to fine particles; to pound, grind, or rub into a powder.
  2. (transitive) To sprinkle with powder, or as with powder.
    to powder the hair
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton:
      A circling zone thou seest / Powdered with stars.
  3. (intransitive) To use powder on the hair or skin.
    She paints and powders.
  4. (intransitive) To be reduced to powder; to become like powder.
    Some salts powder easily.
  5. (transitive) To sprinkle with salt; to corn, as meat.

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