Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Peggy from Cadillac asked if the magazine that you read and the magazine that holds cartridges for a gun are connected. They are.

The word started as an Arabic word (makzin) meaning a storehouse, and the many meanings that the word has all relate to containment. The publication is a storehouse for articles, pictures, etc., and the gun magazine is a receptacle from which cartridges are spring fed automatically to a machine gun or automatic weapon.

Other meanings for magazine span the centuries:

  • a warehouse or depot
  • a country or district rich in natural products
  • a portable receptacle for protecting articles of value
  • a building or ship compartment for storing guns, ammunition, and other military materials
  • a ship (magazine ship) that provides supplies
  • a pile of clothing
  • rhetorically, a store of ideas or resources
  • a broadcast series that covers a variety of topical issues
  • a container for film

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