Napalm Definition

Sodium palmitate or an aluminum soap added to gasoline or oil to form a highly flammable, jellylike substance.
Webster's New World
This substance, used in flame throwers and bombs.
Webster's New World
This jelly.
American Heritage
An incendiary mixture of gasoline or other petroleum fuel and a thickener or gel-forming agent.
American Heritage
To attack or burn with napalm.
Webster's New World

Origin of Napalm

  • Formed from na(phthenic) palm(itic) acid, the two original components of the substance.

    From Wiktionary

  • na(phthenate) salt of naphthenic acid (from naphthene) palm(itate)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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