Definitions for chemical warfare

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

chem′ical war′fare(n.)

  1. warfare with asphyxiating, poisonous, or corrosive gases, oil flames, etc.

    Category: Military

Origin of chemical warfare:

1915–20

Princeton's WordNet

  1. chemical warfare, chemical operations(noun)

    warfare using chemical agents to kill or injure or incapacitate the enemy

Freebase

  1. Chemical warfare

    Chemical warfare involves using the toxic properties of chemical substances as weapons. This type of warfare is distinct from nuclear warfare and biological warfare, which together make up NBC, the military acronym for nuclear, biological, and chemical, all of which are considered "weapons of mass destruction". None of these fall under the term conventional weapons which are primarily effective due to their destructive potential. Chemical warfare does not depend upon explosive force to achieve an objective. Rather it depends upon the unique properties of the chemical agent weaponized. A lethal agent is designed to injure or incapacitate the enemy, or deny unhindered use of a particular area of terrain. Defoliants are used to quickly kill vegetation and deny its use for cover and concealment. It can also be used against agriculture and livestock to promote hunger and starvation. With proper protective equipment, training, and decontamination measures, the primary effects of chemical weapons can be overcome. Many nations possess vast stockpiles of weaponized agents in preparation for wartime use. The threat and the perceived threat have become strategic tools in planning both measures, and counter–measures.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Chemical Warfare

    Tactical warfare using incendiary mixtures, smokes, or irritant, burning, or asphyxiating gases.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. chemical warfare

    All aspects of military operations involving the employment of lethal and incapacitating munitions/agents and the warning and protective measures associated with such offensive operations. Since riot control agents and herbicides are not considered to be chemical warfare agents, those two items will be referred to separately or under the broader term

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