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 for Atlas powder
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              Grind their bones to powder small.    --Shak.
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     2. An explosive mixture used in gunnery, blasting, etc.;
        gunpowder. See Gunpowder.
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     Atlas powder, Baking powder, etc. See under Atlas,
        Baking, etc.
  
     Powder down (Zool.), the peculiar dust, or exfoliation, of
        powder-down feathers.
  
     Powder-down feather (Zool.), 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 (Zool.), 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.
        --Farrow.
  
     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Atlas powder \At"las pow"der\
     A blasting powder or dynamite composed of nitroglycerin, wood
     fiber, sodium nitrate, and magnesium carbonate.
     [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Atlas \At"las\, n.; pl. Atlases. [L. Atlas, -antis, Gr. ?, ?,
     one of the older family of gods, who bears up the pillars of
     heaven; also Mt. Atlas, in W. Africa, regarded as the pillar
     of heaven. It is from the root of tlh^nai to bear. See
     Tolerate.]
     1. One who sustains a great burden.
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     2. (Anat.) The first vertebra of the neck, articulating
        immediately with the skull, thus sustaining the globe of
        the head, whence the name.
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     3. A collection of maps in a volume;
  
     Note: supposed to be so called from a picture of Atlas
           supporting the world, prefixed to some collections.
           This name is said to have been first used by Mercator,
           the celebrated geographer, in the 16th century.
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     4. A volume of plates illustrating any subject.
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     5. A work in which subjects are exhibited in a tabular from
        or arrangement; as, an historical atlas.
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     6. A large, square folio, resembling a volume of maps; --
        called also atlas folio.
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     7. A drawing paper of large size. See under Paper, n.
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     Atlas powder, see Atlas powder in the vocabulary; a
        blasting compound containing nitroglycerin.
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