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1powder/ˈpaʊdɚ/noun
pluralpowders
1powder
/ˈpaʊdɚ/
noun
pluralpowders
Learner's definition of POWDER  
: a dry substance made up of very tiny pieces of something
[noncount]
[count]
[noncount]  : a very fine, dry substance that is put on your body or face especially to make it dry or less shiny
— see picture at groomingsee also talcum powder
[noncount]  : snow that is very light and dry — often used before another noun
[noncount]  : gunpowder
— see also powder keg

keep your powder dry

old-fashioned
: to be calm and ready for a possible problem in the future

take a powder

US, informal + old-fashioned
: to leave suddenly and quickly
2powder/ˈpaʊdɚ/verb
powderspowderedpowdering
2powder
/ˈpaʊdɚ/
verb
powderspowderedpowdering
Learner's definition of POWDER  
[+ object]
: to put powder on (your face or body)

powder your nose

somewhat old-fashioned
— used by women as a polite way of excusing themselves from a table, conversation, etc., to go to the bathroom
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