Thermite meaning

thûrmīt
A welding and incendiary mixture of fine aluminum powder with a metallic oxide, usually iron, that when ignited yields an intense heat.
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A mixture of finely granulated aluminum with an oxide of iron or other metal, which produces great heat and is used in welding and in incendiary bombs.
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(chemistry) A mixture of a metal and a metal oxide capable of producing a thermite reaction, such as aluminium metal and ferric oxide; used in incendiary devices.
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Origin of thermite

  • therm(o)– –ite

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

  • From German Thermit, from Ancient Greek θερμός (thermos, “heat") + -it; comparable to English therm- +"Ž -ite.

    From Wiktionary