powder monkey

powder monkey
noun Date: 1682 a person who carries or has charge of explosives (as in blasting operations)

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  • Powder monkey — Powder Pow der, n. [OE. poudre, pouldre, F. poudre, OF. also poldre, puldre, L. pulvis, pulveris: cf. pollen fine flour, mill dust, E. pollen. Cf. {Polverine}, {Pulverize}.] 1. The fine particles to which any dry substance is reduced by pounding …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • powder monkey — n. 1. Historical a boy who carried powder from the magazine to the guns aboard a man of war ☆ 2. a person who works with explosives, as in oil fields …   English World dictionary

  • Powder Monkey — is a novel by Paul Dowswell. The story is set in 1800 about a boy called Sam Wichall who is is pressed into the Royal Navy aboard the frigate HMS Miranda. The sequel in the Adventures of Sam Wichall series is Prison Ship .ISBN 0747577218 …   Wikipedia

  • powder monkey — n. a specialist in the use of dynamite. (See also grease monkey.) □ I won’t stay around while the powder monkey is working. □ How long do powder monkeys usually live? …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • powder monkey — noun a) An explosives expert. A person who sets explosives. Snowbird has been amending its reputation as a destination primarily for the steep and deep skiers and powder monkeys. Off the Baby Thunder lift in 1995, the resort has a largely… …   Wiktionary

  • powder monkey — noun 1》 historical a boy employed on a sailing warship to carry powder to the guns. 2》 N. Amer. a person who works with explosives …   English new terms dictionary

  • powder monkey — /ˈpaʊdə mʌŋki/ (say powduh mungkee) noun 1. a boy formerly employed on warships, etc., to carry powder. 2. a person in charge of explosives in any operation requiring their use …  

  • powder monkey — 1. (formerly) a boy employed on warships to carry gunpowder from the magazine to the guns. 2. powderman (def. 1). [1675 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • powder monkey — person who works with explosives; person who worked on a warship and carried gunpowder …   English contemporary dictionary

  • powder monkey — pow′der mon key n. cvb a person in charge of explosives, as in a demolition crew • Etymology: 1675–85 …   From formal English to slang

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