verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- powassan encephalitis,
- powder blue,
- powder boy,
- powder burn,
- powder charge,
- powder chest
Origin of powder1
verb (used without object)
Origin of powder2
Examples from the Web for powder
Other versions are coated in marzipan, or dusted in powder sugar.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts|Molly Hannon|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This powder can be shipped anywhere and then reconstituted—just add water, as if it were instant coffee.Powdered Measles Vaccine Could Be Huge for Developing World|Kent Sepkowitz|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They say that the Israelis framed him in order to light the powder keg of religious war over the al-Aqsa compound.In Jerusalem Home Demolitions, the Biblical Justice of Revenge|Creede Newton|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Inside the wax floored examining room, I sat up on the powder blue table with my shirt off.
Even Congress passed a law reducing the disparity between crack and powder cocaine sentences.Why Isn’t Prison Justice on the Ballot This Tuesday?|Inimai Chettiar, Abigail Finkelman|November 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or, if you will, like so many ant-hills of powder, they all stand before me; and I their match.Moby Dick; or The Whale|Herman Melville
Exhaust a weighed sample (in powder) with ether, and evaporate by the heat of a hot-water bath.
And if the powder had lost its effect on me the horn itself hadn't.Georgina's Service Stars|Annie Fellows Johnston
I will tell you a secret, Chevalier; my only reason for capitulating was because I was short of powder.Court Beauties of Old Whitehall|W. R. H. Trowbridge
Its powder is a light red, and emits an argillaceous odor when wetted.
Word Origin for powder
c.1300, "ash, cinders; dust of the earth;" early 14c., "pulverized substance;" mid-14c., "medicinal powder;" late 14c. as "gunpowder," from Old French poudre "dust, powder; ashes; powdered substance" (13c.), earlier pouldre (11c.), from Latin pulverem (nominative pulvis) "dust" (see pollen). Specialized sense "gunpowder" is from late 14c. 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 1936. Earlier it meant "place where gunpowder is stored on a warship" (1620s). Powder horn attested by 1530s. 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; it was a common phrase as a doctor's instruction, so perhaps from the notion of taking a laxative medicine or a sleeping powder, with the result that one has to leave in a hurry (or, on another guess, from a magician's magical powder, which made things disappear). Powder blue (1650s) was smelt used in laundering; as a color name from 1894.
c.1300, "to put powder on;" late 14c., "to make into powder," from Old French poudrer "to pound, crush to powder; strew, scatter," from poudre (see powder (n.)). Related: Powdered; powdering.
see keep one's powder dry; sitting on a powder keg; take a powder.