ther·​mite | \ ˈthər-ˌmīt How to pronounce thermite (audio) \

Definition of thermite

: 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

Examples of thermite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For each explosion, the pyrotechnist produced a custom thermite mix from his extensive chemical library, wrapped it in nitrocellulose (flash paper), suspended it from a wire, and lit the fuse. Wired, 31 Oct. 2019 In the future, the photographer plans to test out more exotic thermites like bismuth trioxide and manganese dioxide. Wired, 31 Oct. 2019 Homemade thermite can destroy washing machines or make a hole in a frozen lake. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, 13 Apr. 2018 Hari also allegedly stored a copy of the Anarchist's Handbook, which includes instructions for creating the thermite used in the pipe bombs. Anchorage Daily News, 14 Mar. 2018 Ukraine's intelligence service believes that Russian drones are bombing the country's ammo dumps with thermite grenades. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 27 Sep. 2017 In December 2015, drones dropped 14 thermite grenades on the Balakliya ammo dump but Ukrainian soldiers extinguished the grenades before a catastrophe occurred. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 27 Sep. 2017 The drone is believed to have carried a ZMG-1 thermite grenade. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 27 July 2017 But perhaps the famous Italian plumber was carrying around tennis balls full of thermite. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 12 July 2017

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First Known Use of thermite

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thermite

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“Thermite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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