Pronunciation: (pou'dur),[key] —n. 1. any solid substance reduced to a state of fine, loose particles by crushing, grinding, disintegration, etc.
2. a preparation in this form, as gunpowder or face powder.
3. Also,powder snow.Skiing.loose, usually fresh snow that is not granular, wet, or packed.
—v.t. 1. to reduce to powder; pulverize.
2. to sprinkle or cover with powder: She powdered the cookies with confectioners' sugar. 3. to apply powder to (the face, skin, etc.) as a cosmetic.
4. to sprinkle or strew as if with powder: A light snowfall powdered the landscape. 5. to ornament in this fashion, as with small objects scattered over a surface: a dress lightly powdered with sequins.
—v.i. 1. to use powder as a cosmetic.
2. to become pulverized.
—n. 1. Brit. Dial.a sudden, frantic, or impulsive rush.
2. take a powder,Slang.to leave in a hurry; depart without taking leave, as to avoid something unpleasant: He took a powder and left his mother to worry about his gambling debts.Also,take a runout powder.