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powder

noun uk   /ˈpaʊ.dər/  us   /-dɚ/
B1 [C or U] a solid substance that consists of extremely small pieces, is soft and easy to divide, and often has the same shape as the container that it is in: curry/chilli powder talcum powder A packet of white powder was found and police scientists are analysing it. You'll get more flavour from the spices if you grind them into a powder.UK Why are there so many adverts for washing powders on TV? You can buy milk in powder form.
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[U] a soft, dry substance that is spread over the skin of the face, in order to stop the skin from looking shiny: face powder Dust the face lightly with powder. [U] fallen snow that is loose and dry and has not begun to melt: I love skiing in deep powder.
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powdery
adjective uk   us   /-i/
The snow was fresh and powdery.

powder

verb [T] uk   /ˈpaʊ.dər/  us   /-dɚ/
to put powder on someone's skin: Powder the baby's bottom to stop it chafing.
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