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Magazíne. n.s. [magazine, French, from the Arabick machsan, a treasure.]

  1. A storehouse, commonly an arsenal or armoury, or repository of provisions.

    If it should appear fit to bestow shipping in those harbours, it shall be very needful that there be a magazine of all necessary provisions and munitions.Raleigh's Essays.

    Plain heroick magnitude of mind;
    Their armories and magazines contemns.
    Milton's Agonist.

    Some o'er the publick magazines preside,
    And some are sent new forage to provide.
    Dryden's Virg.

    Useful arms in magazines we place,
    All rang'd in order, and disposed with grace.

    His head was so well stored a magazine, that nothing could be proposed which he was not master of. Locke.

  2. Of late this word has signified a miscellaneous pamphlet, from a periodical miscellany named the Gentleman's Magazine, by Edward Cave.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Locke, John (269) · Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Raleigh, Walter (68)

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