- a highly incendiary jellylike substance used in fire bombs, flamethrowers, etc.
- to drop bombs containing napalm on (troops, a city, or the like).
Origin of napalm
Related Words for napalmarmament, bomb, bullet, cartridge, rocket, materiel, missile, chemical, explosive, shrapnel, torpedo, gunpowder, ammo, napalm, raid, bombard, destroy, attack, blast
Examples from the Web for napalm
Contemporary Examples of napalm
Napalm is the infamous, goo-like substance that burns quickly when lit on fire and adheres easily to skin.
But one artist in Miami has gone even further, creating pieces made from napalm and a rare aphrodisiac soda, Nexcite.
Like napalm or the wrath of God, but for your digestive system.Diet Like Jesus: What the Bible Says About How to Eat
October 15, 2013
Authorities also found the paintbrushes Holmes allegedly used to make the napalm.Inside James Holmes’s Booby-Trapped Apartment
January 9, 2013
Urban landscapes had been devastated by napalm and white phosphorous; two major Japanese cities had been leveled by atomic bombs.The O Word: Christopher Dickey on What Occupation Means Today
December 6, 2011
Historical Examples of napalm
Two Pyrrans were rolling out drums of napalm with reckless disregard for their own safety.
Clenching the gun in his teeth, the Pyrran clutched a barrel of napalm with his good hand and hurled it over on its side.
The napalm caught, tongues of flame and roiling, greasy smoke climbed up to the sky.
Burning wax was hotter than melted lead, and it stuck to anything it touched, worse than napalm.Four-Day Planet
Henry Beam Piper
The napalm drums were unloaded without his help and the truck vanished for more.
- a thick and highly incendiary liquid, usually consisting of petrol gelled with aluminium soaps, used in firebombs, flame-throwers, etc
- (tr) to attack with napalm
Word Origin for napalm
Word Origin and History for napalm
1942, from na(phthenic) palm(itic) acids, used in manufacture of the chemical that thickens gasoline. The verb is 1950, from the noun. Related: Napalmed; napalming.
- A firm jelly made by mixing gasoline with aluminum salts (made of fatty acids). It is used in some bombs and in flamethrowers. Napalm was developed during World War II.