Associations to the word «Powder»


POWDER, noun. The fine particles to which any dry substance is reduced by pounding, grinding, or triturating, or into which it falls by decay; dust.
POWDER, noun. A mixture of fine dry, sweet-smelling particles applied to the face or other body parts, to reduce shine or to alleviate chaffing.
POWDER, noun. An explosive mixture used in gunnery, blasting, etc.; gunpowder.
POWDER, noun. (informal) Light, dry, fluffy snow.
POWDER, verb. (transitive) To reduce to fine particles; to pound, grind, or rub into a powder.
POWDER, verb. (transitive) To sprinkle with powder, or as with powder.
POWDER, verb. (intransitive) To be reduced to powder; to become like powder.
POWDER, verb. (intransitive) To use powder on the hair or skin.
POWDER, verb. (transitive) To sprinkle with salt; to corn, as meat.
POWDER BLUE, noun. A very pale blue colour.
POWDER BLUE, adjective. Of a very pale blue colour.
POWDER BLUES, noun. Plural of powder blue
POWDER BURN, noun. A burn, ordinarily superficial and on someone's skin, resulting from proximity to an explosion of gunpowder such as that associated with the discharge of a firearm.
POWDER CAP, noun. A parasitic fungus, Asterophora lycoperdoides, that lives on other mushrooms.
POWDER CAPS, noun. Plural of powder cap
POWDER DOWN, noun. A special type of down that occurs in a few groups of apparently unrelated birds. In some species, the tips of the barbules on the feathers disintegrate, forming fine particles of keratin; in others, powder grains come from cells that surround the barbules of growing feathers.
POWDER HORN, noun. A tool used to put gunpowder into a gun or cannon.
POWDER HOUND, noun. (skiing) (slang) A skier who favours powdery snow.
POWDER HOY, noun. (obsolete) (nautical) A vessel, often painted red and carrying a red flag, that carried gunpowder to a man of war
POWDER KEG, noun. A barrel containing gunpowder.
POWDER KEG, noun. (figuratively) An explosive or otherwise volatile situation.
POWDER KEGS, noun. Plural of powder keg
POWDER METALLURGY, noun. The metallurgy of producing metal components by compacting and sintering powdered metals
POWDER MILL, noun. Mill that manufactures black powder (type of gunpowder)
POWDER MILLS, noun. Plural of powder mill
POWDER MONKEY, noun. (informal) An explosives expert. A person who sets explosives.
POWDER MONKEY, noun. (nautical) The persons employed to carry gun powder from the ship's magazine to the gun deck during a battle; in the 18th century Royal British and U. S. Navies, this task (also carrying water) during battles became a permanent nickname for the ship's cabin boys and apprentice seamen.
POWDER MONKEY, noun. (skiing) (snowboarding) (informal) A skier or snowboarder who avidly seeks out the “powder” (light, dry, fluffy snow).
POWDER MONKEYS, noun. Plural of powder monkey
POWDER OF SYMPATHY, noun. (historical) A powder applied to the weapon that caused a wound in the hope of healing the injury it had made.
POWDER ONE'S NOSE, verb. (euphemistic) To use the toilet (nearly always refers to a woman).
POWDER ONE'S NOSE, verb. (of a woman or group of women) To temporarily leave the company of others, often to a restroom, for a brief respite from a crowd, to engage in private conversation, reapply make-up, etc.
POWDER PINK, noun. A very pale pink colour.
POWDER PUFF, noun. A ball or pad of soft material used for the application of cosmetic powder to the face.
POWDER PUFFS, noun. Plural of powder puff
POWDER ROOM, noun. (US) (euphemistic) A women's toilet, especially in a public venue such as a restaurant, boutique, or hotel lobby.
POWDER ROOMS, noun. Plural of powder room

Dictionary definition

POWDER, noun. A solid substance in the form of tiny loose particles; a solid that has been pulverized.
POWDER, noun. A mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur in a 75:15:10 ratio which is used in gunnery, time fuses, and fireworks.
POWDER, noun. Any of various cosmetic or medical preparations dispensed in the form of a pulverized powder.
POWDER, verb. Make into a powder by breaking up or cause to become dust; "pulverize the grains".
POWDER, verb. Apply powder to; "She powdered her nose"; "The King wears a powdered wig".

Wise words

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