|1.||a solid substance in the form of tiny loose particles|
|2.||any of various preparations in this form, such as gunpowder, face powder, or soap powder|
|3.||fresh loose snow, esp when considered as skiing terrain|
|4.||slang (US), (Canadian) take a powder to run away or disappear|
|5.||to turn into powder; pulverize|
|6.||(tr) to cover or sprinkle with or as if with powder|
|[C13: from Old French poldre, from Latin pulvis dust]|
powder pow·der (pou'dər)
A dry mass of pulverized or finely dispersed solid particles.
Any of various medicinal or cosmetic preparations in the form of powder.
A single dose of a powdered drug.
To make a quick departure: “When he saw the police coming, the thief decided to take a powder.”
take a powder definition
take a powder
Make a speedy departure, run away, as in I looked around and he was gonehe'd taken a powder. This slangy idiom may be derived from the British dialect sense of powder as "a sudden hurry," a usage dating from about 1600. It may also allude to the explosive quality of gunpowder.