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[thur-mahyt] /ˈθɜr maɪt/
a mixture of finely-divided metallic aluminum and ferric oxide that when ignited produces extremely high temperatures as the result of the union of the aluminum with the oxygen of the oxide: used in welding, incendiary bombs, etc.
Origin of thermite
First recorded in 1895-1900; therm- + -ite1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She fired a charge of thermite in my head, and it seared its way down my arm to my fingers.

    Vigorish Gordon Randall Garrett
  • And let me tell you—you are not the only man in New York who knows the secret of thermite.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • A mixture of aluminium with various metallic oxides, ready prepared for such purposes, is sold under the name of thermite.

  • He leveled his pistol at the thermite ridge where it was nearest to him.

    The Metal Moon Everett C. Smith
  • The thermite was piled generously in a ridge all the way around.

    The Metal Moon Everett C. Smith
  • It must have been a thermite bomb—nothing but thermite could be that hot.

    Pursuit Lester del Rey
  • But this accursed flaming English thermite could catch you at four miles.

    Tales of War Lord Dunsany
  • But the thermite had been burning steadily, biting through the tough skin of the metal moon.

    The Metal Moon Everett C. Smith
  • And a wonderful thing to see, even in those wonderful nights, is our thermite bursting over the heads of the Germans.

    Tales of War Lord Dunsany

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