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
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But perhaps the famous Italian plumber was carrying around tennis balls full of thermite.
Since this month’s chemical attack, residents have reported several attacks with incendiary weapons in Idlib and neighboring Hama provinces, uploading videos that show blinding fires typical of weapons like thermite and white phosphorus.
A much quicker solution is to do what Beyond the Press did and set a whole bunch of thermite out on a frozen lake, light it up, and see what happens.
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Origin and Etymology of thermite
therm- + 1-ite
First Known Use: 1900See Words from the same year
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