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English Dictionary: Powder by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
powder
n
  1. a solid substance in the form of tiny loose particles; a solid that has been pulverized
    Synonym(s): powder, pulverization, pulverisation
  2. a mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur in a 75:15:10 ratio which is used in gunnery, time fuses, and fireworks
    Synonym(s): gunpowder, powder
  3. any of various cosmetic or medical preparations dispensed in the form of a pulverized powder
v
  1. make into a powder by breaking up or cause to become dust; "pulverize the grains"
    Synonym(s): powderize, powderise, powder, pulverize, pulverise
  2. apply powder to; "She powdered her nose"; "The King wears a powdered wig"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Powder \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[94]l.), the peculiar dust, or exfoliation,
            of powder-down feathers.
  
      {Powder-down feather} (Zo[94]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[94]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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Powder \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Powder \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.]
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