Meaning of POWDER in English


I. pow ‧ der 1 /ˈpaʊdə $ -ər/ BrE AmE noun

[ Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: poudre , from Latin pulvis 'dust' ]

1 . [uncountable and countable] a dry substance in the form of very small grains:

curry powder

talcum powder

Grind the sugar into a powder.

The paint is supplied in powder form.

milk/custard etc powder (=a powder that you add water to in order to change it into a liquid)

2 . [uncountable] ( also face powder ) a type of powder that you put on your face in order to make it look smoother and to give it more colour

3 . a powder keg a dangerous situation or place where violence or trouble could suddenly start:

Since the riot, the city has been a powder keg waiting to explode.

4 . [uncountable] ( also powder snow ) dry light snow:

There’s a foot of powder on the slopes.

5 . [uncountable] ↑ gunpowder

6 . keep your powder dry to wait calmly until you see how a situation develops before deciding what to do

II. powder 2 BrE AmE verb

1 . [transitive] to put powder on something, especially your skin:

She was powdering her face.

2 . powder your nose an expression meaning to go to the ↑ toilet , used by women to avoid saying this directly:

She’s just gone to powder her nose.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.