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powdernoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈpɑʊ·dər/
a ​loose, ​drysubstance of ​extremelysmallpieces, usually made by ​breaking up something into ​smallerparts and ​crushing them Powder is also any of ​variousloose, ​dry, usually pleasant-smelling ​substances that ​people put on ​theirskin as a ​help in ​healing or as makeup: [U] talcum powder Powder is also ​gunpowder.
(Definition of powder from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"powder" in British English

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powdernoun

uk   /ˈpaʊ.dər/  us   /-dɚ/
B1 [C or U] a ​loose, ​drysubstance that consists of ​extremelysmallpieces, usually made by ​breaking something up and ​crushing it: curry/​chilli powder talcum powder A ​packet of ​white powder was ​found and ​policescientists 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 ​buymilk in powder ​form.
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[U] a ​soft, ​drysubstance that is ​spread over the ​skin of the ​face, in ​order to ​stop the ​skin from ​lookingshiny: face powder Dust the ​facelightly with powder. [U] fallensnow that is ​loose and ​dry and has not ​begun to ​melt: I ​loveskiing in ​deep powder.

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powdery
adjective uk   us   /-i/
The ​snow was ​fresh and powdery.

powderverb [T]

uk   /ˈpaʊ.dər/  us   /-dɚ/
to put powder on someone's ​skin: Powder the baby's ​bottom to ​stop it ​chafing.
(Definition of powder from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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