thermite

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noun ther·mite \ˈthər-ˌmīt\

Definition of thermite

  1. :  a mixture of aluminum powder and a metal oxide (such as iron oxide) that when ignited evolves a great deal of heat and is used in welding and in incendiary bombs

Origin and Etymology of thermite

therm- + 1-ite


First Known Use: 1900

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