powder NOUN 1) fine dry particles produced by the grinding, crushing, or disintegration of a solid substance. 2) a cosmetic in this form applied to a person's face. 3) dated a medicine in this form. 4) loose, dry, newly fallen snow. 5) gunpowder.
VERB 1) sprinkle or cover with powder. 2) make into a powder.
keep one's powder dry — Cf. ↑keep one's powder dry
take a powder — Cf. ↑take a powder
DERIVATIVES powdery adjective.
ORIGIN Old French poudre, from Latin pulvis 'dust' .

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