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  1. powder monkeynoun

    someone who carries explosives (as from the magazine to the guns on board a warship)


  1. powder monkeynoun

    An explosives expert. A person who sets explosives.

  2. powder monkeynoun

    The persons employed to carry gun powder from the ship's magazine to the gun deck during a battle; in the 18th century Royal British and U. S. Navies, this task (also carrying water) during battles became a permanent nickname for the ship's cabin boys and apprentice seamen.

  3. powder monkeynoun

    A skier or snowboarder who avidly seeks out the powder (light, dry, fluffy snow).


  1. powder monkey

    A powder monkey is a historical term referring to boys or young men who worked on naval ships during the age of sail, responsible for keeping the ship's cannons supplied with gunpowder. They would sprint to the ship's powder magazine, collect a supply of gunpowder, and then carry it to the cannons. Their small size allowed them to move more easily around the ship during battles.


  1. Powder monkey

    A powder boy or powder monkey manned naval artillery guns as a member of a warship's crew, primarily during the Age of Sail. His chief role was to ferry gunpowder from the powder magazine in the ship's hold to the artillery pieces, either in bulk or as cartridges. The function was fulfilled by boy seamen 12 to 14 years of age. Powder monkeys were usually boys or young teens selected for the job for their speed and height — they were short and would be hidden behind the ship's gunwale, keeping them from being shot by enemy ships' sharp shooters. In recent times the term has been applied to a variety of workers who deploy explosives. The use of the term 'powder monkey' in English dates to the late 17th century.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of powder monkey in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of powder monkey in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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