napalm

noun
na·​palm | \ ˈnā-ˌpäm How to pronounce napalm (audio) , -ˌpälm also ˈna- also nə-ˈpä(l)m How to pronounce napalm (audio) \

Definition of napalm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a thickener consisting of a mixture of aluminum soaps used in jelling gasoline (as for incendiary bombs)
2 : fuel jelled with napalm

napalm

verb
napalmed; napalming; napalms

Definition of napalm (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to assault with napalm

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Like Goodman in his Woodstock documentary, Silber and Brown combine archival footage and interviews, sometimes intercutting the violence in the United States with images of napalm, carnage, and combat from the war. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "Documentary tales of two ’60s," 27 June 2019 The napalm to my Teresa, the Jovani to my Luann, the quiet woman to my Shannon. Lydia Price, PEOPLE.com, "18 Adorable Ways Celebs Have Helped Fans Pop the Question," 1 July 2019 On Monday, opposition groups reported that napalm was unleashed on civilians killing up to 60 people. Fox News, "Russia halts UN Security Council meeting on Syria's human rights, but US, allies find workaround," 19 Mar. 2018 On Monday, opposition groups reported that napalm was unleashed on civilians killing up to 60 people. Fox News, "Russia halts UN Security Council meeting on Syria's human rights, but US, allies find workaround," 19 Mar. 2018 On Monday, opposition groups reported that napalm was unleashed on civilians killing up to 60 people. Fox News, "Russia halts UN Security Council meeting on Syria's human rights, but US, allies find workaround," 19 Mar. 2018 On Monday, opposition groups reported that napalm was unleashed on civilians killing up to 60 people. Fox News, "Russia halts UN Security Council meeting on Syria's human rights, but US, allies find workaround," 19 Mar. 2018 Thus, countless millions of people are familiar with the photos of a Viet Cong prisoner being shot by Saigon’s police chief in February 1968 and of a naked, screaming child fleeing an American napalm strike in 1972. Max Hastings, WSJ, "The Hidden Atrocities of the Vietnam War," 4 Oct. 2018 On Monday, opposition groups reported that napalm was unleashed on civilians killing up to 60 people. Fox News, "Russia halts UN Security Council meeting on Syria's human rights, but US, allies find workaround," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of napalm

Noun

1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1950, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for napalm

Noun

naphthene + palmitate

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The first known use of napalm was in 1942

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napalm

noun

English Language Learners Definition of napalm

: a thick substance that contains gasoline and that is used in bombs that cause a destructive fire over a wide area

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