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powder

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Etymology

From Old English poudre, pouldre, Old French poudre, poldre, puldre, [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] pulvis (dust, powder). cf. pollen fine flour, mill dust, E. pollen. Cf. {polverine}, {pulverize}.

Pronunciation

\Pow"der\

Noun

Singular
powder

Plural
s

powder (s)
  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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Verb

Infinitive
to powder

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to powder (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  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.

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