powderiness

(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Having consistency of fine, dry particles
Nouns
1. powderiness; grittiness, sandiness; efflorescence; friability. See vapor.
2. (powdery substance) powder, dust, sand, sawdust; grit; meal, bran, flour, farina; crumb, seed, grain; particle (see littleness); filings, debris, detritus, floc.
3. (act of rendering powdery) pulverization, grinding, comminution, attenuation, granulation, disintegration, trituration, levigation, abrasion, detrition, crystallization, limation; filing; erosion, corrosion (see deterioration).
4. (means of rendering powdery) mill, grater, rasp, file, mortar and pestle, teeth, grinder, grindstone, quern. See friction.
Verbs — pulverize, comminute, atomize, crystallize, granulate, triturate, levigate; scrape, file, abrade, rub down, grind, grate, rasp, pound, contuse, beat, crush, crunch, crumble; rust, shatter, disintegrate.
Adjectives — powdery, pulverulent, granular, ground, mealy, floury, farinaceous, branny, furfuraceous, flocculent, dusty, sandy; arenose, arenaceous; gritty; efflorescent; friable, crumbly, shivery; attrite; in pieces, shards, flinders, etc.
Quotations — Beauty is everlasting and dust is for a time (Marianne Moore).
Antonyms, see coherence, size.

English dictionary for students. 2013.

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