|Origin:||poudre, from Latin pulvis 'dust'|
1 [uncountable and countable]D
a dry substance in the form of very small grains:
Grind the sugar into a powder.
The paint is supplied in powder form.
milk/custard etc powder (=a powder that you add water to in order to change it into a liquid)
2 [uncountable] also face powder
a type of powder that you put on your face in order to make it look smoother and to give it more colour
a dangerous situation or place where violence or trouble could suddenly start:
Since the riot, the city has been a powder keg waiting to explode.
4 [uncountable] also powder snowHEM
dry light snow:
There's a foot of powder on the slopes.
to wait calmly until you see how a situation develops before deciding what to do