From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
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powderpow‧der1 /ˈpaʊdə $ -ər/ ●●○ noun 1 [countable, uncountable]D 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 colour3 a powder keg4 [uncountable] (also powder snow)HEM dry light snow There’s a foot of powder on the slopes.5 [uncountable] gunpowder6 keep your powder dry
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powderShe spooned coffee powder into it and filled it up with water from the kettle.Scuffling feet kick up a fine powder that covers the children and everything else.That report showed there were more suspects arrested in 1999 on charges involving marijuana than for powder or crack cocaine.These days, nobody cared what high-grade powder he put up his nose, whom he spent the night with.John Denver was adept at metal work and could earn £2: 7s.: 6d. for making powder cans.In its wake, savoring powder, perfume, lotion and dew from the love-making gone before.Next, a long tapering round metal pricker was inserted so that its point penetrated a short distance into the powder.I carved my first wide turn through virgin powder, experiencing a transcendence of Buddhist proportions.milk/custard etc powderMix the flour and milk powder together with a little water to make a thin paste.Breakfast is tea and muesli, the muesli made with hot water and milk powder.Add salt and nonfat dry milk powder, whisking rapidly until milk granules are dissolved into a smooth sauce.In medium bowl, combine cup butter, milk, custard powder and confectioners' sugar.Combine oats, milk powder and baking powder together.Pritchitt's distribution manager Robert Hamilton sees off the consignment of milk powder bound for Bosnia.The blaze gutted a spray drying area of the factory used for processing skimmed milk powder.But the milk powder was ruined, and so, too, were many of the packets of dried soup and flavourings.
Related topics: Hair & beauty
powderpowder2 verb 1 [transitive]DCB to put powder on something, especially your skin She was powdering her face.2 powder your nose
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powderExamples are fine sand, powdered clay and ash.She sat up, and, taking out her compact, powdered her face lightly and combed her hair.At each place was a bowl made from a can that had one contained powdered milk.She is eating a donut, and the powdered sugar makes more spots on her dress.Sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top.Others reeked of herbs or were powdered with flour.The makeup man rushed forward to powder Zack's face.powdering ... faceMontreal was powdering its face and putting on lipstick while infrastructure was going to pot.
Origin powder1 (1200-1300) Old French poudre, from Latin pulvis dust