Translation of powder in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /ˈpaʊdər; ˈpaʊdə(r)/


  • 1 uncountable/no numerable 1.1 (dust) polvo (masculine) (before noun/delante del nombre) in powder form en polvo
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    • 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
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    • 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/no numerable
    (gun powder)
    pólvora (feminine) to keep one's powder dry [colloquial/familiar] no gastar pólvora en gallinazos or (Spain/España) en salvas or (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) en chimangos
  • 3 3.1 countable/numerable [Pharmacology/Farmacología] polvos (masculine plural) to take a powder (American English/inglés norteamericano) poner* pies en polvorosa (lit: take medication) tomar unos polvos 3.2 u and c
    (face powder)
    polvo (masculine) or polvos (masculine plural) (de tocador) (before noun/delante del nombre) powder compact polvera (feminine)
    3.3 u and c
    (talcum powder)
    polvos (masculine plural) de talco, talco (masculine) (Latin America/América Latina)
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    • 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.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 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/eufemístico] ha ido a lavarse las manos [euphemistic/eufemístico] flecks of gray powdered his hair tenía el pelo salpicado de gris
  • 2 2.1 (grind, pulverize) pulverizar* 2.2
    (powdered past participle of/participio pasado de)
    [milk/eggs] en polvo powdered sugar (American English/inglés norteamericano) azúcar (masculine) or (feminine) glas or glasé, azúcar (masculine) or (feminine) flor (Chile) , azúcar (masculine) or (feminine) impalpable (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) , azúcar (masculine) or (feminine) en polvo (Colombia)

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • reducirse* a un polvo

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