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Powder magazine

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, grinding, or triturating, or into which it falls by decay; dust.

    Grind their bones to powder small.

  2. An explosive mixture used in gunnery, blasting, etc.; gunpowder. See Gunpowder.

    Atlas powder, Baking powder, etc. See under Atlas, Baking, etc.

    Powder down (Zo["o]l.), the peculiar dust, or exfoliation, of powder-down feathers.

    Powder-down feather (Zo["o]l.), one of a peculiar kind of modified feathers which sometimes form patches on certain parts of some birds. They have a greasy texture and a scaly exfoliation.

    Powder-down patch (Zo["o]l.), a tuft or patch of powder-down feathers.

    Powder hose, a tube of strong linen, about an inch in diameter, filled with powder and used in firing mines.

    Powder hoy (Naut.), a vessel specially fitted to carry powder for the supply of war ships. They are usually painted red and carry a red flag.

    Powder magazine, or Powder room. See Magazine, 2.

    Powder mine, a mine exploded by gunpowder. See Mine.

    Powder monkey (Naut.), a boy formerly employed on war vessels to carry powder; a powder boy.

    Powder post. See Dry rot, under Dry.

    Powder puff. See Puff, n.

powder magazine

n. a storehouse (as a compartment on a warship) where weapons and ammunition are stored [syn: magazine, powder store]

Powder Magazine (Charleston, South Carolina)

The Powder Magazine is a gunpowder magazine and museum at 79 Cumberland Street in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Completed in 1713, it is the oldest surviving public building in the former Province of Carolina. It was used as a gunpowder store through the American Revolutionary War, and later saw other uses. The Powder Magazine was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989. It has been operated as a museum by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America since the early 1900s. it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1972.

Powder Magazine

Powder Magazine, Powder House, or Powderworks may refer to:

  • Gunpowder magazine, a magazine (building) designed to store the explosive gunpowder in wooden barrels for safety
  • Magazine (artillery), the general term
  • Powder Magazine (skiing), snow-skiing magazine in the US; focused on stories about great skiers skiing great terrain, 40 years old (in 2014). It's in virginia!
Powder Magazine (Camp Drum)

The Powder Magazine from Camp Drum is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument located in the Wilmington section of Los Angeles, California, near the Port of Los Angeles. Built in 1862, the Powder Magazine is a brick and stone structure that was used to store gunpowder during the Civil War. It was originally part of Camp Drum, a facility built upon the outbreak of the American Civil War to address concerns about the loyalty and security of the Los Angeles area. Many of the area's residents were recent arrivals from the Southern states, and southerner John C. Breckenridge received twice as many local votes as Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 Presidential election. Phineas Banning, the founder of Wilmington (then known as New San Pedro), wrote to President Lincoln advising that the Union would lose California unless some provision was made to quell pro-Confederacy sentiment. Camp Drum was built between 1862 and 1863 and was the home base for the California Column, commanded by Colonel James Henry Carleton. Between 2,000 and 7,000 soldiers were stationed at Camp Drum, and Wilmington became a thriving community with a population greater than Los Angeles during the war. The Powder Magazine is one of only two surviving structures from Camp Drum, the other being the Drum Barracks, which is now operated as a Civil War museum by the City of Los Angeles. The Powder Magazine has been used for various private uses over the years, at one point having another structure built around it. When the larger structure was torn down, the Powder Magazine was re-discovered. In order to save it from demolition, it was declared a Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM #249) in August 1982. For more than two decades, it has sat on a vacant, fenced-off lot two blocks south of the Drum Barracks.

Powder Magazine (Blue Ball, Arkansas)

The Powder Magazine is a surviving structure of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp of the 1707th Company. Located in Ouachita National Forest in the northeast corner of Scott County, Arkansas, it is a small stone and concrete structure about and between 3 and 4-1/2 feet in height. It is located about south of the T-shaped junction of two forest roads (designated #96 and #99) in 1993) on top of a ridge above Dutch Creek. The structure was built to house the camp's explosives, which were typically used by the camp crew for road and bridge building projects.

The structure was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.

Usage examples of "powder magazine".

The fire had only to make its way four decks down, and the stores would go up in quick hot flames running all the way back to the powder magazine, and carry her all away.

And even within the camp there was added security: The inner portion of his main camp was a corral-like compound, perhaps forty yards across, containing what Karl was sure was the powder magazine, as well as several boxy travel wagons—.

Then the second cannon stridently exploded, its lead balls going down into the belly of the enemy ship, punching through the deck and into the powder magazine.

Yet the broadside had done its work, delayed though it had been, for flames were leaping up from fires aboard their ship, and I could see men dancing about fighting the fire that suddenly leaped to the sails, which went up in a great billow of flame like an explosion from a powder magazine.

It was an old powder magazine with walls of reinforced concrete, painted a nice beige now, with a royal blue carpet on the floor.

The inner portion of his main camp was a corral-like compound, perhaps forty yards across, containing what Karl was sure was the powder magazine, as well as several boxy travel wagons—.

The touch of her was, to him, like a lighted match flung into a powder magazine.

It's like running around in a powder magazine with a goddamn blowtorch.