Napalm meaning

nā'päm'
An incendiary mixture of gasoline or other petroleum fuel and a thickener or gel-forming agent.
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Sodium palmitate or an aluminum soap added to gasoline or oil to form a highly flammable, jellylike substance.
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This substance, used in flame throwers and bombs.
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To attack or burn with napalm.
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A firm jelly made by mixing gasoline with aluminum salts (made of fatty acids). It is used in some bombs and in flamethrowers. Napalm was developed during World War II.
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A highly flammable, viscous substance, (designed to stick to the body while burning), used in warfare as an incendiary especially in wooded areas.
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To spray or attack an area using such substance.
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Origin of napalm

  • na(phthenate) salt of naphthenic acid (from naphthene) palm(itate)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Formed from na(phthenic) palm(itic) acid, the two original components of the substance.
    From Wiktionary