Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A box in which powder is kept. Especially— A box for toilet-powder, large enough to contain a puff.
  • n. A box for powder or sand used on the writing-table, generally rather small and with a cover pierced with holes. Compare pounce-box.

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Examples

  • She brought me a powder-box, and I slightly shook the puff over my hat, and flapt one side of it, though the lace looked a little too gay for my covering; and, slouching it over my eyes, Shall I be known, think you, Madam?

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • I sat for a while at my mother's dressing-table before I could take up the tarnished silver powder-box that had waited ten years for the return of its owner.

    Locked Rooms

  • She carried in her pocket a dainty little ivory powder-box, as large as a nut, the interior of which contained a tiny mirror; and often, while walking, she held it open in her hand and raised it to her eyes.

    Strong as Death

  • Everything was in perfect order, even to the powder-box and the cologne bottles on the dresser.

    The Mansion of Mystery Being a Certain Case of Importance, Taken from the Note-book of Adam Adams, Investigator and Detective

  • A hot shot, about this time, struck a powder-box, on which was sitting the powder-boy, he, poor fellow, was blown up, and another near him was dreadfully scorched.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 13, No. 377, June 27, 1829

  • Eileen Cavendish was busy in front of the glass, and half turned, holding a diminutive powder-box in one hand and a scrap of swans-down in the other.

    The Long Trick

  • While we waited she took out a little, gold powder-box with a mirror in the lid, shook the poor little puff as though she loathed it, and dabbed her lovely nose.

    The Garden Party, and Other Stories

  • She put a lorgnette into her little bag, along with her powder-box, handkerchief and smelling salts, —there was even a little silver box of peppermint drops, in case she might begin to cough.

    X. Book One: On Lovely Creek

  • In a corner was a cabinet of gilt and glass, filled with Dresden-china figurines and toy tables and a carven Swiss musical powder-box.

    The Trail of the Hawk A Comedy of the Seriousness of Life

  • She put a lorgnette into her little bag, along with her powder-box, handkerchief and smelling salts, -- there was even a little silver box of peppermint drops, in case she might begin to cough.

    One of Ours

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