powder


powder
{{11}}powder (n.) late 13c., from O.Fr. poudre (13c.), earlier pouldre (11c.), from L. pulverem (nom. pulvis) "dust" (see POLLEN (Cf. pollen)). In the sense "powdered cosmetic," it is recorded from 1570s. In figurative sense, powder keg is first attested 1855. Powder room, euphemistic for "women's lavatory," is attested from 1941. Powder puff first recorded 1704; as a symbol of femaleness or effeminacy, in use from at least 1930s. Phrase take a powder "scram, vanish," is from 1920, perhaps from the notion of taking a laxative medicine, so one has to leave in a hurry; or from a magician's magical powder, which made things disappear.
{{12}}powder (v.) c.1300, from O.Fr. poudrer, from poudre (see POWDER (Cf. powder) (n.)). Related: Powdered; powdering.

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  • powder — ► NOUN 1) fine dry particles produced by the grinding, crushing, or disintegration of a solid substance. 2) a cosmetic in this form applied to a person s face. 3) dated a medicine in this form. 4) loose, dry, newly fallen snow. 5) gunpowder. ►… …   English terms dictionary

  • Powder — Pow der, v. i. 1. To be reduced to powder; to become like powder; as, some salts powder easily. [1913 Webster] 2. To use powder on the hair or skin; as, she paints and powders. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Powder — Pow der, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Powdered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Powdering}.] [F. poudrer.] 1. To reduce to fine particles; to pound, grind, or rub into a powder; to comminute; to pulverize; to triturate. [1913 Webster] 2. To sprinkle with powder, or as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • powder — [n] fine, loose grains made by crushing a solid crumb, dust, film, grain, grit, meal, particle, pounce, pulverulence, seed, talc; concepts 471,831 Ant. solid powder [v] crush into fine grains; sprinkle fine grains abrade, bray, comminute, cover,… …   New thesaurus

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  • powder — pow|der1 [ˈpaudə US ər] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: poudre, from Latin pulvis dust ] 1.) [U and C] a dry substance in the form of very small grains ▪ curry powder ▪ talcum powder ▪ Grind the sugar into a powder . ▪ The paint …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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