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pow•der



Pronunciation: (pou'dur), [key]
n.
1. any solid substance reduced to a state of fine, loose particles by crushing, grinding, disintegration, etc.
2. a preparation in this form, as gunpowder or face powder.
3. Also,powder snow. Skiing.loose, usually fresh snow that is not granular, wet, or packed.

v.t.
1. to reduce to powder; pulverize.
2. to sprinkle or cover with powder: She powdered the cookies with confectioners' sugar.
3. to apply powder to (the face, skin, etc.) as a cosmetic.
4. to sprinkle or strew as if with powder: A light snowfall powdered the landscape.
5. to ornament in this fashion, as with small objects scattered over a surface: a dress lightly powdered with sequins.

v.i.
1. to use powder as a cosmetic.
2. to become pulverized.

pow•der



Pronunciation: (pou'dur), [key]
v.i.
Brit. Dial.to rush.

n.
1. Brit. Dial.a sudden, frantic, or impulsive rush.
2. take a powder, Slang.to leave in a hurry; depart without taking leave, as to avoid something unpleasant: He took a powder and left his mother to worry about his gambling debts. Also,take a runout powder.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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