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powder
American English: /ˈpaʊdər/
British English: /ˈpaʊdə/

Translation of powder in Spanish:

noun

  • 1 uncountable 1.1 (dust) (before noun) in powder form
    en polvo
    Example sentences
    • They can then be pounded to pieces and made into fine powder through repeated grinding in water.
    • The thickness of the laminae increased with the size of the particles of the fine powder, but not to any great extent as follows.
    • All that was left behind him was a fine, crushed multi-colored powder.
    1.2 (snow)
    nieve (feminine) en polvo
    Example sentences
    • There was something about the newly falling powder snow that created a haven, erasing all the difficulties the past few weeks had presented and allowed it to be just me and the perfect world outside.
    • He was sitting in loose powder snow on a steep slope and there was no way he could anchor himself to the mountain.
    • Yet all was not powder snow twinkling in a rosy sunrise, and morale continued at a low ebb.
  • 2 uncountable
    also: gun powder
    to keep one's powder dry [colloquial]
    no gastar pólvora en gallinazos
    no gastar pólvora en salvas (Spain)
    no gastar pólvora en chimangos (Río de la Plata)
  • 3 3.1 countable (Pharmacology)
    polvos (masculine plural)
    to take a powder (US)
    poner pies en polvorosa
    (lit: take medication) tomar unos polvos
    Example sentences
    • Do not use teething lotions, powders, whiskey, or paregoric (because it has opium in it).
    • As well as tinctures, homeopathic remedies are available as sugar-based tablets, pills, granules and powders to be taken by mouth, and some also come as creams or ointments to be applied directly to the skin.
    • The leaves and seeds, which mature in long pods, are used to prepare extracts or powders for medicinal use.
    3.2 uncountable and countable
    also: face powder
    polvo (masculine) or polvos (masculine plural) (de tocador)
    (before noun) powder compact
    3.3 uncountable and countable
    also: talcum powder

transitive verb

  • 1 (cover)
    empolvar
    to powder one's face
    empolvarse la cara
    to powder one's nose
    retocarse el maquillaje
    she's gone to powder her nose [euphemistic]
    ha ido a lavarse las manos [euphemistic]
    flecks of gray powdered his hair
    tenía el pelo salpicado de gris
    Example sentences
    • The dance floor was freshly powdered for slippery Motown spins.
    • The baby lay in front of her, powdered with plaster dust, and she pulled the child to her.

intransitive verb

  • reducirse a un polvo
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