from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. On a man-of-war, a member of a gun's crew detailed to fetch powder for the gun.
- n. A man in charge of explosives in an operation of any nature requiring their use.
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The foul wind prevented the squadron making much way, but the time was employed to advantage in constant exercise at the guns, and the men were brought as near to perfection as they could be; in handling them each man knew his own duty, as well as that of the captain of the gun, fireman, boarder, powder-man, rammer, &c.
The powder-man will thus always find at the scuttle the proper passing-box.
SHOWING THE NUMBER OF HANDS (_powder-man or boy included_) APPLICABLE