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Powder may refer to a number of topics, including:

  • Powder (substance) material composed of very fine particles that are not cemented together
  • Powder (film), a 1995 film
  • Powder (band), a mid-1990s Britpop band.
  • Powder (US_band), a Los Angeles-based performance art band.
  • Powder blue, a color
  • Powder, a song from the soundtrack of Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door
  • Protocol for Web Description Resources (POWDER), a W3C Working Group that is specifying a protocol for publishing descriptions of (e.g. metadata about) Web resources using RDF, OWL, and HTTP
  • Powder Game a physics game where elements react to each other

Several powdery substances are known colloquially as "powder":

1911 encyclopedia

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From LoveToKnow 1911

POWDER (through O. Fr. puldre, modern poudre, from Lat. pulvis, pulveris, dust), the small loose particles into which solid matter is disintegrated by such processes as grinding, crushing, pounding, &c., hence any preparation which takes the form of such loose uncompacted particles, the most familiar example of such preparation being that of gunpowder. Many powders are found in medical uses, some of which have retained the name of their inventor, such as the compound powder of rhubarb, "Gregory powder," named after a Scottish doctor, James Gregory (1758-1822). Various preparations in form of powder are used for toilet purposes. During the period when the hair or wig was worn "powdered" or whitened, houses had a special room set apart for the process, known as the powdering-room or closet. In some birds, such as the herons, certain down-feathers or plumulae break off into a fine dust as fast as they are formed and form tracts defined in size and situation and known as "powder-down patches."

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From Old English poudre, pouldre, Old French poudre, poldre, puldre, Latin pulvis (dust, powder). cf. pollen fine flour, mill dust, E. pollen. Cf. {polverine}, {pulverize}.





countable and uncountable; plural powders

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.
    Grind their bones to powder small. —Shakespeare
  2. An explosive mixture used in gunnery, blasting, etc.; gunpowder.

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to powder

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to 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; to comminute; to pulverize; to triturate.
  2. (transitive) To sprinkle with powder, or as with powder; to be sprinkle
    to powder the hair.
    A circling zone thou seest / Powdered with stars. --Milton.
  3. (intransitive) To be reduced to powder; to become like powder.
    Some salts powder easily.
  4. (intransitive) To use powder on the hair or skin; as,
    She paints and powders.


Simple English

]] Powder is very small, dry pieces or grains. When we press some dry solids very hard, or when we cut something up into lots of small pieces, we can sometimes make powder.

For example, people sometimes put face powder on their faces, when they want to look good. Sometimes sports players put powder on their hands, to make them dry. We put curry powder in our food, to make it taste stronger. We put washing powder in the washing machine when we want to have clean clothes. People use gunpowder to make bombs and fireworks.

To powder is also a verb: Mary powdered her face. When a person says "I am going to powder my nose" they usually mean that they are going to use the toilet (US English: use the bathroom).

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