Definitions for napalmˈneɪ pɑm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

na•palmˈneɪ pɑm(n.)

  1. a highly incendiary jellylike substance used in fire bombs, flamethrowers, etc.

  2. (v.t.)to bomb or attack with napalm.

Origin of napalm:

1940–45; na (phthene ) +palm(itate) a salt of palmitic acid

Princeton's WordNet

  1. napalm(noun)

    gasoline jelled with aluminum soaps; highly incendiary liquid used in fire bombs and flamethrowers

Wiktionary

  1. napalm(Noun)

    A highly flammable, viscous substance, (designed to stick to the body while burning), used in warfare to cause widespread death and destruction, especially in wooded areas.

  2. napalm(Verb)

    To spray or attack an area using such substance.

  3. Origin: Formed from naphthenic palmitic acid, the two original components of the substance.

Freebase

  1. Napalm

    Napalm is a mixture of a thickening/gelling agent and petroleum or a similar fuel for use in an incendiary device. Initially used against buildings and later primarily as an anti-personnel weapon that sticks to skin and causes severe burns when on fire. Napalm was developed in 1943, in a secret laboratory at Harvard University in Massachusetts, by a team led by chemist Louis Fieser. "Napalm" is a combination of the names of two of the constituents of the gelling agent: naphthenic acid and palmitic acid. "Napalm B" is the more modern version of napalm and, although distinctly different in its chemical composition, it is often referred to simply as "napalm". Napalm was first used in World War Two. In 1980, the United Nations "declared the gel's use on concentrations of civilians a war crime".

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. napalm

    1. Powdered aluminum soap or similar compound used to gelatinize oil or gasoline for use in napalm bombs or flame throwers. 2. The resultant gelatinized substance.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

napalm(noun)

petrol in a jelly-like form, used in bombs to cause fire.

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