thermobaric

adjective ther·mo·bar·ic \ ˌthər-mə-ˈbär-ik , -ˈber-ik , -ˈba-rik \
Updated on: 14 Feb 2018

Definition of thermobaric

of a weapon
: containing a charge of fuel designed to ignite and combine with oxygen present in the atmosphere to produce a prolonged explosion
  • Rather than fight their way into such caverns, U.S. forces have preferred to drop specialized … weapons, including thermobaric bombs that emit clouds of powdered fuel and ignite them, sending waves of heat and pressure through caverns and depleting the oxygen inside.
  • —Peter Baker and Pamela Constable

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Origin and Etymology of thermobaric

borrowed from Russian termobaricheskiy, from termo- thermo- + -baricheskiy, as in izobaricheskiy isobaric


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