American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Slang One who carries or sets explosives.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A boy employed on ships to carry powder from the magazine to the guns.
- n. informal An explosives expert. A person who sets explosives.
- n. nautical The persons employed to carry gun powder from the ship's magazine to the gun deck during a battle; in the 18th century Royal British and U. S. Navies, this task (also carrying water) during battles became a permanent nickname for the ship's cabin boys and apprentice seamen.
- n. skiing, snowboarding, informal A skier or snowboarder who avidly seeks out the “powder” (light, dry, fluffy snow).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) a boy formerly employed on war vessels to carry powder; a powder boy.
- n. someone who carries explosives (as from the magazine to the guns on board a warship)
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