American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An aluminum soap of various fatty acids that when mixed with gasoline makes a firm jelly used in some bombs and in flamethrowers.
- n. This jelly.
- n. An incendiary mixture of polystyrene, benzene, and gasoline.
- n. 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.
- v. transitive To spray or attack an area using such substance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A highly incediary liquid consisting of gasoline jelled with aluminum soaps, used as a weapon of war in fire bombs and flame throwers.
- n. gasoline jelled with aluminum soaps; highly incendiary liquid used in fire bombs and flamethrowers
- Formed from na(phthenic) palm(itic) acid, the two original components of the substance. (Wiktionary)
- na(phthenate), salt of naphthenic acid (from naphthene) + palm(itate). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The most effective incendiary weapon was called napalm.”
“And for those who feel the need to defend their perimeter with fougasse, the Army Chemical Corps expedient recipe for improvised napalm is to mix powdered laundry detergent with gasoline until it has a consistency like applesauce.”
“Originally the name napalm was given to a thickener that could be mixed with gasoline and other incendiary material.”
“Tubes belched jellied gasoline, what used to be called napalm, at the uncomprehending Cardassians.”
“Unlike napalm, which is designed to set large areas ablaze, and which the U.S. no longer uses white phosphorus is used to mark a target or produce a smoke screen to hide troop movements.”
“Unlike napalm, which is designed to set large areas ablaze, and which the U.S. no longer uses, white phosphorus is usually employed to mark a target or produce a smoke screen to hide troop movements.”
“And I don't think there's much moral distinction between being incinerated in the hundreds of thousands by napalm, which is what we were dropping on”
“She said the mixture would not have been explosive in itself, but it could have been described as napalm.”
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“If an athlete takes the corner too high, the membrane rips, which in turn releases the napalm, which is ignited by the flre at the top of the run.”
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