aluminothermy

noun

alu·​mi·​no·​ther·​my
plural -es
: a process of producing great heat and strong chemical reduction by oxidizing finely divided aluminum with oxygen taken from another metal, this metal being thus reduced from its oxide (as molten iron is obtained from iron oxide in welding by the Thermit process)

Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary alumin- + -thermy; originally formed as German aluminothermie

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aluminothermy was in 1900

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“Aluminothermy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aluminothermy. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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