Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A weapon that projects ignited incendiary fuel, such as napalm, in a steady stream.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A device that projects a flame for starting fires, it may also project additional fuel to help ignition. Used either as a weapon or a tool.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a weapon that squirts ignited liquid or gelatinous fuel for several yards.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a weapon that squirts ignited fuel for several yards

Etymologies

A calque of German Flammenwerfer. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • According to baseball slang, a pitcher who throws with velocity in the mid to upper 90s is known as a "flamethrower" or a "fireballer."

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  • To the Japanese and Okinawans, the flamethrower was the most terrifying weapon in the American arsenal.

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  • Nor may a man own a flamethrower, which is an indiscriminate weapon inappropriate for self-defense.

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  • By the way, grabbing the flamethrower is a very exciting thing.

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  • This is a genre game for those who think grabbing a flamethrower is a very exciting thing.

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  • The flamethrower is a short range weapon that … well … uh … throws flames … and it sets enemies on fire for those of us who find burning enemies to death to be funny.

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  • The barbarian class utilizes frenzy instead of mana and features abilities such as the power to transform into a giant, powerful beast; the witchdoctor can summon everything from firebats described as a flamethrower with bats in it to creatures that can turn enemies into chickens; the wizard can slow down time, coat its skin with protective diamonds, and even has an alternate form; the monk is powered by spirit and features a wide array of martial arts moves; and the long-range demon hunter gets its power from both hatred and discipline, which aid both offensive and defensive abilities.

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  • To meet criterion 3, they built a device-dubbed the Flammenwerfer ( "flamethrower") - that sprayed iron particles through a heated ring.

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  • Flammenwerfer ( "flamethrower") - that sprayed iron particles through a heated ring.

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  • Which is usually harmless fun, except this time the flame blew black into the bottle, turning it into a "flamethrower," according to Sclafani's lawyer.

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