ther·​mite | \ ˈthər-ˌmīt \

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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Homemade thermite can destroy washing machines or make a hole in a frozen lake. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "These Are Syria's Chemical Weapons. Here's How To Destroy Them," 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, "3 men arrested in Illinois charged with Minnesota mosque bombing," 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, "Another Ukrainian Ammo Dump Goes Up in Massive Explosion," 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, "Another Ukrainian Ammo Dump Goes Up in Massive Explosion," 27 Sep. 2017 The drone is believed to have carried a ZMG-1 thermite grenade. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Kaboom! Russian Drone With Thermite Grenade Blows Up a Billion Dollars of Ukrainian Ammo," 27 July 2017 But perhaps the famous Italian plumber was carrying around tennis balls full of thermite. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Real Life Mario Fireballs Made From Thermite Work Maybe a Little Too Well," 12 July 2017 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. Anne Barnard, Ben Hubbard And Ian Fisher, New York Times, "As Atrocities Mount in Syria, Justice Seems Out of Reach," 15 Apr. 2017 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. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Can Thermite Burn a Hole Through a Frozen Lake?," 16 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of thermite

1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thermite was in 1900

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