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powder Idioms & Phrases


Antimonial powder

  • a consisting of one part oxide of antimony and two parts phosphate of calcium; also called James's powder.
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aspirin powder

  • noun a powdered form of aspirin
    aspirin powder.
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Atlas powder

  • a nitroglycerin blasting compound of pasty consistency and great explosive power.
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Atlas powder, Baking powder

  • etc. See under Atlas, Baking, etc.
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baby powder

  • noun powder used to prevent a baby's diaper from chafing
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Baking powder

  • noun any of various powdered mixtures used in baking as a substitute for yeast
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  • a substitute for yeast, usually consisting of an acid, a carbonate, and a little farinaceous matter.
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baking-powder biscuit

  • noun leavened with baking powder
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bath powder

  • noun a fine powder for spreading on the body (as after bathing)
    dusting powder; bath powder.
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Bleaching powder

  • noun a white powder comprised of calcium hydroxide and chloride and hypochlorite and used to bleach and/or disinfect
    chloride of lime; chlorinated lime.
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  • a powder for bleaching, consisting of chloride of lime, or some other chemical or chemicals.
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Bronze powder

  • a metallic powder, used with size or in combination with painting, to give the appearance of bronze, gold, or other metal, to any surface.
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built-soap powder

  • noun soap in powdered form mixed with alkaline builders
    built-soap powder; soap powder.
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carob powder

  • noun powder from the ground seeds and pods of the carob tree; used as a chocolate substitute
    carob; Saint-John's-bread.
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chili powder

  • noun powder made of ground chili peppers mixed with e.g. cumin and garlic and oregano
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cocoa powder

  • noun the powdery remains of chocolate liquor after cocoa butter is removed; used in baking and in low fat and low calorie recipes and as a flavoring for ice cream
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Curry powder

  • noun pungent blend of cumin and ground coriander seed and turmeric and other spices
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  • (Cookery), a condiment used for making curry, formed of various materials, including strong spices, as pepper, ginger, garlic, coriander seed, etc.
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Detonating powder

  • any powder or solid substance, as fulminate of mercury, which when struck, explodes with violence and a loud report.
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dover's powder

  • noun a medicinal powder made essentially of ipecac and opium; formerly used to relieve pain and induce perspiration
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Do"ver's Pow"der
Etymology
From Dr. Dover, an English physician.
Definitions
  1. (Med.) A powder of ipecac and opium, compounded, in the United States, with sugar of milk, but in England (as formerly in the United States) with sulphate of potash, and in France (as in Dr. Dover's original prescription) with nitrate and sulphate of potash and licorice. It is an anodyne diaphoretic.
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dusting powder

  • noun a fine powder for spreading on the body (as after bathing)
    dusting powder; bath powder.
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face powder

  • noun cosmetic powder for the face
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Fever powder

  • . Same as Jame's powder.
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five spice powder

  • noun Chinese seasoning made by grinding star anise and fennel and pepper and cloves and cinnamon
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Fly powder

  • an arsenical powder used to poison flies.
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Friction powder, Friction composition

  • a composition of chlorate of potassium, antimony, sulphide, etc, which readily ignites by friction.
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Fulminating powder

  • (Chem.) any violently explosive powder, but especially one of the fulminates, as mercuric fulminate.
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Giant powder

  • . See Nitroglycerin.
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goa powder

  • noun a bitter yellow powder used to treat skin diseases
    chrysarobin; araroba.
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Go"a pow"der
Etymology
So called from Goa, on the Malabar coast, whither it was shipped from Portugal.
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  1. A bitter powder (also called araroba) found in the interspaces of the wood of a Brazilian tree (Andira araroba) and used as a medicine. It is the material from which chrysarobin is obtained.
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Gravel powder

  • a coarse gunpowder; pebble powder.
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Hair powder

  • a white perfumed powder, as of flour or starch, formerly much used for sprinkling on the hair of the head, or on wigs.
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headache powder

  • noun a powdered form of aspirin
    aspirin powder.
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Hercules powder

  • an explosive containing nitroglycerin; used for blasting.
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Ink powder

  • a powder from which ink is made by solution.
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Insect powder

  • noun a chemical used to kill insects
    insecticide.
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  • a powder used for the extermination of insects; esp., the powdered flowers of certain species of Pyrethrum, a genus now merged in Chrysanthemum. Called also Persian powder.
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james's powder

James"'s pow`der
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  1. (Med.) Antimonial powder, first prepared by Dr. James, ar English physician; -- called also fever powder.
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Jelly powder

  • an explosive, composed of nitroglycerin and collodion cotton; so called from its resemblance to calf's-foot jelly.
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Jesuits' powder

  • powdered cinchona bark.
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Lycopodium powder

  • a fine powder or dust composed of the spores of Lycopodium, and other plants of the order Lycopodiaceæ. It is highly inflammable, and is sometimes used in the manufacture of fireworks, and the artificial representation of lightning.
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Mica powder

  • a kind of dynamite containing fine scales of mica.
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milk powder

  • noun dehydrated milk
    dry milk; milk powder; dried milk.
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Neptune powder

  • an explosive containing nitroglycerin, used in blasting.
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Pearl powder

  • . See Pearl white, below.
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Pebble powder

  • slow-burning gunpowder, in large cubical grains.
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Percussion powder

  • powder so composed as to ignite by slight percussion; fulminating powder.
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Persian powder

  • . See Insect powder, under Insect.
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powder and shot

  • noun ammunition consisting of gunpowder and bullets for muskets
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powder blue

  • noun a pale blue color with grey in it
  • adjective satellite of a moderate to pale blue or purplish blue
    powdery-blue.
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powder compact

  • noun a small cosmetics case with a mirror; to be carried in a woman's purse
    compact.
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Powder down

  • (Zoöl.), the peculiar dust, or exfoliation, of powder-down feathers.
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powder flask

  • noun container for carrying gunpowder; made of the hollow horn of an animal
    powder flask.
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powder horn

  • noun container for carrying gunpowder; made of the hollow horn of an animal
    powder flask.
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Powder hose

  • a tube of strong linen, about an inch in diameter, filled with powder and used in firing mines. Farrow.
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Powder hoy

  • (Naut.), a vessel specially fitted to carry powder for the supply of war ships. They are usually painted red and carry a red flag.
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powder keg

  • noun a potentially explosive state
  • noun keg (usually made of metal) for gunpowder or blasting powder
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powder magazine

  • noun a storehouse (as a compartment on a warship) where weapons and ammunition are stored
    magazine; powder magazine.
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Powder magazine, ∨ Powder room

  • . See Magazine, 2.
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powder metallurgy

  • noun the metallurgy of powdered metals; how to produce solid metal objects from powdered metal by compaction and sintering
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powder method

  • noun a process for identifying minerals or crystals; a small rod is coated with a powdered form of the substance and subjected to suitably modified X-rays; the pattern of diffracted rings is used for identification
    powder method; powder photography.
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Powder mine

  • a mine exploded by gunpowder. See Mine.
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Powder monkey

  • noun someone who carries explosives (as from the magazine to the guns on board a warship)
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  • (Naut.), a boy formerly employed on war vessels to carry powder; a powder boy.
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powder photography

  • noun a process for identifying minerals or crystals; a small rod is coated with a powdered form of the substance and subjected to suitably modified X-rays; the pattern of diffracted rings is used for identification
    powder method; powder photography.
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Powder post

  • . See Dry rot, under Dry.
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Powder puff

  • . See Puff, n.
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powder room

  • noun a woman's restroom in a public (or semipublic) building
    ladies' room.
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powder store

  • noun a storehouse (as a compartment on a warship) where weapons and ammunition are stored
    magazine; powder magazine.
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powder technique

  • noun a process for identifying minerals or crystals; a small rod is coated with a powdered form of the substance and subjected to suitably modified X-rays; the pattern of diffracted rings is used for identification
    powder method; powder photography.
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Powder-down feather

  • (Zoöl.), one of a peculiar kind of modified feathers which sometimes form patches on certain parts of some birds. They have a greasy texture and a scaly exfoliation.
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Powder-down patch

  • (Zoöl.), a tuft or patch of powder-down feathers.
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powder-post termite

  • noun extremely destructive dry-wood termite of warm regions
    Cryptotermes brevis.
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powder-posted

Pow"der-post`ed adjective
Definitions
  1. Affected with dry rot; reduced to dust by rot. See Dry rot, under Dry. U.S.
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powder-puff

  • adjective satellite used of competitive activities in which only women take part
    • powder-puff baseball
    • a powder-puff football game
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powdered ginger

  • noun dried ground gingerroot
    ginger.
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powdered milk

  • noun dehydrated milk
    dry milk; milk powder; dried milk.
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powdered mustard

  • noun a substance such that one to three tablespoons dissolved in a glass of warm water is a homemade emetic
    dry mustard.
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powdered sugar

  • noun sugar granulated into a fine powder
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Putty powder

  • an oxide of tin, or of tin and lead in various proportions, much used in polishing glass, metal, precious stones, etc.
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rochelle powder

  • noun an effervescing salt containing sodium bicarbonate and Rochelle salt and tartaric acid; used as a cathartic
    Rochelle powder; Seidlitz powder.
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Rochelle powders

  • noun an effervescing salt containing sodium bicarbonate and Rochelle salt and tartaric acid; used as a cathartic
    Rochelle powder; Seidlitz powder.
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  • . Same as Seidlitz powders.
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seidlitz powder

  • noun an effervescing salt containing sodium bicarbonate and Rochelle salt and tartaric acid; used as a cathartic
    Rochelle powder; Seidlitz powder.
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Seidlitz powders

  • noun an effervescing salt containing sodium bicarbonate and Rochelle salt and tartaric acid; used as a cathartic
    Rochelle powder; Seidlitz powder.
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  • effervescing salts, consisting of two separate powders, one of which contains forty grains of sodium bicarbonate mixed with two drachms of Rochell salt (tartrate of potassium and sodium) and the other contains thirty-five grains of tartaric acid. The powders are mixed in water, and drunk while effervescing, as a mild cathartic; so called from the resemblance to the natural water of Seidlitz. Called also Rochelle powders.
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smokeless powder

  • noun an explosive (trade name Ballistite) that burns with relatively little smoke; contains pyrocellulose and is used as a propellant
    Ballistite.
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soap powder

  • noun soap in powdered form mixed with alkaline builders
    built-soap powder; soap powder.
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Sympathetic powder

  • (Alchemy), a kind of powder long supposed to be able to cure a wound if applied to the weapon that inflicted it, or even to a portion of the bloody clothes. Dunglison.
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take a powder

  • verb disappear without notifying anyone (idiom)
    skip town.
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talcum powder

  • noun a toilet powder made of purified talc and usually scented; absorbs excess moisture
    talcum.
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toilet powder

  • noun a fine powder for spreading on the body (as after bathing)
    dusting powder; bath powder.
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Tooth powder

  • noun a dentifrice in the form of a powder
    toothpowder.
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  • a powder for cleaning the teeth; a dentifrice.
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washing powder

  • noun soap in powdered form mixed with alkaline builders
    built-soap powder; soap powder.
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White powder

  • a kind of gunpowder formerly believed to exist, and to have the power of exploding without noise. Obs.
    A pistol charged with white powder. Beau. & Fl.
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Worm powder

  • (Med.), an anthelmintic powder.
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Yeast powder

  • a baling powder, used instead of yeast in leavening bread.
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