What does chemical warfare mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chemical warfare, chemical operations(noun)

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


  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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chemical warfare in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chemical warfare in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Rick Perry:

    President Obama is left to argue chlorine gas attacks on the Syrian people are not chemical warfare, there is a great price to be paid when America does not lead, and innocent Syrian civilians are paying that price today.

  2. National Intelligence James Clapper:

    Chemical weapons continue to pose a threat in Syria and Iraq, iSIL has also used toxic chemicals in Iraq and Syria, including the blister agent Sulfur Mustard. ( It's) the first time an extremist group has produced and used a chemical warfare agent in an attack since Aum Shinrikyo used sarin in Japan in 1995.

  3. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov:

    Nowadays this threat is getting extremely urgent in the light of newly revealed facts of repeated use of not only industrial toxic chemicals but also of full-fledged chemical warfare agents by ISIL and other terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, there is a growing danger of similar crimes being committed on the territory of Libya and Yemen as well.

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  • [[kemiallinen]] [[sodankäynti]]Finnish
  • [[guerre]] [[chimique]]French
  • [[kemisk]] [[krigföring]]Swedish

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