Last modified on 7 December 2013, at 01:57
From Middle English poudre, pouldre, Old French poudre, poldre, puldre, Latin pulvis (“dust, powder”). compare pollen fine flour, mill dust, E. pollen. Compare polverine, pulverize.
powder (countable and uncountable, plural powders)
- The fine particles to which any dry substance is reduced by pounding, grinding, or triturating, or into which it falls by decay; dust.
- An explosive mixture used in gunnery, blasting, etc.; gunpowder.
- (informal) Light, dry, fluffy snow.
Terms derived from powder (noun)
- Korean: 가루 (ko) (garu)
- Lao: please add this translation if you can
- Lithuanian: milteliai m pl
- Malay: serbuk
- Maori: nehu, paura
- Mòcheno: pulver
- Norwegian: pudder n, støv (no) n
- Persian: پودر (fa) (pudr)
- Polish: proszek (pl) m
- Portuguese: pó (pt) m
- Romanian: pudră f, pulbere f
- Russian: порошок (ru) m (porošók), (cosmetics, medicine) пудра (ru) f (púdra), (medicine) присыпка (ru) f (prisýpka)
- Scottish Gaelic: fùdar m
- Serbo-Croatian: prašak m, prȃh m, pràšina f
- Spanish: polvo (es) m
- Swedish: pulver (sv) n, puder n, stoft (sv) n
- Telugu: పొడి (poDi), చూర్ణము (choorNamu)
- Turkish: pudra (tr)
powder (third-person singular simple present powders, present participle powdering, simple past and past participle powdered)
- (transitive) To reduce to fine particles; to pound, grind, or rub into a powder.
- (transitive) To sprinkle with powder, or as with powder.
- to powder the hair
- (Can we date this quote?) John Milton:
- A circling zone thou seest / Powdered with stars.
- (intransitive) To be reduced to powder; to become like powder.
- Some salts powder easily.
- (intransitive) To use powder on the hair or skin.
- She paints and powders.
- (transitive) To sprinkle with salt; to corn, as meat.
to reduce to fine particles
to be reduced to powder
- French: se réduire en poudre, se pulvériser
- Spanish: pulverizarse, hacerse polvo
- Telugu: పొడి చేయు (poDi caeyu)
to use powder on the hair or skin
- Finnish: puuteroida
- French: se poudrer, se repoudrer
- Norwegian: pudre
- Spanish: ponerse polvos, empolvarse