Definitions of powder

  1. a mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur in a 75: 15: 10 ratio which is used in gunnery, time fuses, and fireworks
  2. apply powder to, as of one's nose or other body parts
  3. any of various cosmetic or medical preparations dispensed in the form of a powder
  4. a solid substance in the form of tiny loose particles; a solid that has been pulverized
  5. make into a powder by breaking up or cause to become dust; " pulverize the grains"
  6. apply powder to; " She powdered her nose"; " The King wears a powdered wig"
  7. The fine particles to which any dry substance is reduced by pounding, grinding, or triturating, or into which it falls by decay; dust.
  8. An explosive mixture used in gunnery, blasting, etc.; gunpowder. See Gunpowder.
  9. To reduce to fine particles; to pound, grind, or rub into a powder; to comminute; to pulverize; to triturate.
  10. To sprinkle with powder, or as with powder; to be sprinkle; as, to powder the hair.
  11. To sprinkle with salt; to corn, as meat.
  12. To be reduced to powder; to become like powder; as, some salts powder easily.
  13. To use powder on the hair or skin; as, she paints and powders.
  14. Any dry substance in fine particles; dust; an explosive mixture reduced to fine particles, called gunpowder; a fine, dustlike toilet preparation; a finely- ground medicinal substance.
  15. To reduce to, or sprinkle with, a dustlike substance.
  16. To be reduced to very small particles; to use a face preparation called powder.
  17. Powdery.
  18. 1. A dry mass of minute separate particles of any substance. 2. Pulvis, a drug in finely comminuted form. 3. Charta; a single dose of a powdered drug, enclosed in an envelope of folded paper.
  19. Pulverized product of a substance.
  20. Dust: any substance in fine particles: gunpowder: hair- powder.
  21. To reduce to powder: to sprinkle with powder: to salt.
  22. To crumble into powder.
  23. Anything in small particles; gunpowder.
  24. To sprinkle with powder; reduce to powder.
  25. To make or become powder; put powder upon.
  26. A collection of minute particles; especially, gunpowder.
  27. Any dry substance composed of minute particles; gunpowder; hair- powder.
  28. Any substance made fine and dry, as rough as sand, or as fine as flour.
  29. To reduce to fine or small particles; to sprinkle with powder.

Usage examples for powder

  1. To have killed the creature on the spot would have been a waste of powder and shot. – Popular Adventure Tales by Mayne Reid
  2. I could have told you you'd be wastin' powder. – Desert Dust by Edwin L. Sabin
  3. There was no powder there. – As It Was in the Beginning by Philip Verrill Mighels
  4. " Those powder- wagons aren't in it. – A Top-Floor Idyl by George van Schaick
  5. It was a big captain he said wrote his name on the powder- horn at Opost. – Narrative of the Captivity of William Biggs among the Kickapoo Indians in Illinois in 1788 by William Biggs
  6. The sweat ran down his face, and already it was black with burning powder. – Aladdin O'Brien by Gouverneur Morris
  7. So with the powder in a gun. – The Mechanism of Life by Stéphane Leduc
  8. The bullet hit right between his eyes, but it must have had poor powder behind it- all it did was to cut through the skin and go straight up his forehead. – The Cross-Cut by Courtney Ryley Cooper
  9. Well, then, it will cost you nothing to promise me never to put powder on your face again. – A Simpleton by Charles Reade
  10. Several pounds of powder may be purchased for a sum acquired by a few days' labour: yet when this is employed for the purpose alluded to, effects are frequently produced which could not, even with the best tools, be accomplished by other means in less than many months. – On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures by Charles Babbage
  11. His thinking and his fighting belonged together like powder and shot. – Contemporary Socialism by John Rae
  12. This is generally done with things that people could live without, and had better not buy too much of- such as spirits, tobacco, and hair powder. – Young Folks' History of England by Charlotte M. Yonge
  13. I met there the King of Bambarra's messenger; I gave him half a bottle of powder. – The Journal Of A Mission To The Interior Of Africa, In The Year 1805 by Mungo Park
  14. You see that I mean the starving the war in Scotland, which it is pretended might have been supported, and might have succeeded, too, if I had procured the succours which were asked- nay, if I had sent a little powder. – Letters to Sir William Windham and Mr. Pope by Lord Bolingbroke
  15. And of the whole witch company, There are but two, wear powder. – Faust by Goethe
  16. But suddenly the Patchwork Girl threw up one arm, which knocked the bottle of powder from the crooked man's hand and sent it flying across the room. – The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  17. They still call it the Old Powder- house. – Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast by Samuel Adams Drake
  18. With that second shot Jenny's powder was spent. – Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon 1893 by Hall Caine
  19. " Run, Wyzinski," shouted the soldier, " all our powder is in the tent." – The Ruined Cities of Zululand by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley