from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Composed of or similar to powder.
  • adjective Dusted or covered with or as if with powder.
  • adjective Easily made into powder; friable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In the form of powder; resembling powder in the fineness of its particles; pulverulent.
  • Sprinkled or covered with powder; specifically, in botany and zoology, covered with a fine bloom or meal resembling powder; powdered; farinose.
  • Friable; easily reduced to powder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Easily crumbling to pieces; friable; loose.
  • adjective Sprinkled or covered with powder; dusty.
  • adjective Resembling powder; consisting of powder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to powder.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective as if dulled in color with a sprinkling of powder
  • adjective consisting of fine particles


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