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English definition of “powder”

powder

noun     /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 . → See also gunpowderThe state of matter [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.Make-up and skin care [U] fallen snow that is loose and dry and has not begun to melt : I love skiing in deep powder.Snow and iceCold powdery     /-i/ adjective The snow was fresh and powdery.The state of matter
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