[pou-der-man, -muh n]
- a person in charge of explosives, especially in a demolition crew.
- Slang. a safe-cracker who uses explosives to open safes.
Origin of powderman
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Examples from the Web for powderman
An 11-inch pivot-gun on its revolving carriage was served by 24 crewmen and a powderman.Artillery Through the Ages
Half the men composing a gun's crew, excluding the Powderman or Boy, are to be Boarders.
To reduce from 20 men and Powderman to 16 men and Powderman, omit four next highest numbers.
To reduce from 24 men and Powderman to 20, omit four highest numbers.
Powderman returns spare powder and passing-box to the magazine.