Definitions for: Powder


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.
--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, n.


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.
--Milton.

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


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
powders.

Synonyms: gunpowder, pulverisation, pulverization

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