Powder

Definition of Powder

Pow´der
n.1.The fine particles to which any dry substance is reduced by pounding, grinding, or triturating, or into which it falls by decay; dust.
Grind their bones to powder small.
- Shak.
2.An explosive mixture used in gunnery, blasting, etc.; gunpowder. See Gunpowder.
Atlas powder
etc. See under Atlas, Baking, etc.
Powder down
(Zool.) the peculiar dust, or exfoliation, of powder-down feathers.
Powder-down feather
(Zool.) one of a peculiar kind of modified feathers which sometimes form patches on certain parts of some birds. They have a greasy texture and a scaly exfoliation.
Powder-down patch
(Zool.) a tuft or patch of powder-down feathers.
Powder hose
a tube of strong linen, about an inch in diameter, filled with powder and used in firing mines.
Powder hoy
(Naut.) a vessel specially fitted to carry powder for the supply of war ships. They are usually painted red and carry a red flag.
- Farrow.
Powder magazine
See Magazine, 2.
Powder mine
a mine exploded by gunpowder. See Mine.
Powder monkey
(Naut.) a boy formerly employed on war vessels to carry powder; a powder boy.
Powder post
See Dry rot, under Dry.
Powder puff
See Puff, n.
v. t.1.To reduce to fine particles; to pound, grind, or rub into a powder; to comminute; to pulverize; to triturate.
[imp. & p. p. Powdered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Powdering.]
2.To sprinkle with powder, or as with powder; to be sprinkle; as, to powder the hair.
3.To sprinkle with salt; to corn, as meat.
v. i.1.To be reduced to powder; to become like powder; as, some salts powder easily.
2.To use powder on the hair or skin; as, she paints and powders.

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