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English noun: powder

1. powder (substance) a solid substance in the form of tiny loose particles; a solid that has been pulverized

Synonymspulverisation, pulverization

Broader (hypernym)solid

2. powder (substance) a mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur in a 75:15:10 ratio which is used in gunnery, time fuses, and fireworks


Broader (hypernym)explosive

3. powder (artifact) any of various cosmetic or medical preparations dispensed in the form of a pulverized powder

Broader (hypernym)medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine, toilet articles, toiletry

Narrower (hyponym)araroba, aspirin powder, baby powder, bath powder, chrysarobin, Dover's powder, dusting powder, face powder, Goa powder, headache powder, toilet powder

English verb: powder

1. powder (change) make into a powder by breaking up or cause to become dust

SamplesPulverize the grains.

Synonymspowderise, powderize, pulverise, pulverize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)disintegrate

Verb grouppowderise, powderize, pulverise, pulverize

2. powder (body) apply powder to

SamplesShe powdered her nose.
The King wears a powdered wig.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)make up

Narrower (hyponym)talc

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