- a person in charge of explosives, especially in a demolition crew.
- Slang. a safe-cracker who uses explosives to open safes.
Origin of powderman
Examples from the Web for powderman
Historical Examples of 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.
If the Powderman is disabled the highest number takes his place.
To reduce from 24 men and Powderman to 20, omit four highest numbers.