Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

2017 Word of the Year

thermite

[thur-mahyt] /ˈθɜr maɪt/
noun
1.
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
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900; therm- + -ite1
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for thermite
Historical Examples
  • 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
  • The thermite was piled generously in a ridge all the way around.

    The Metal Moon Everett C. Smith
  • He leveled his pistol at the thermite ridge where it was nearest to him.

    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
  • 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 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
  • A mixture of aluminium with various metallic oxides, ready prepared for such purposes, is sold under the name of thermite.

Word of the Day

Nearby words for thermite

Word Value for thermite

13
13
Scrabble Words With Friends