Definitions

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  • adj. Describing various weapons that use atmospheric oxygen to produce a blast wave of a significantly longer duration than those produced by condensed explosives.

Etymologies

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Derived from the Ancient Greek words for "heat" and "pressure": thermobarikos (θερμοβαρικός), from θερμός (thermos, "hot") + βάρος (baros, "weight, pressure") + -ικός (-ikos, "-ic").

Examples

  • The helicopters were flying too low to be hit by the Stingers, but they would make perfect targets for the RPGs, which were loaded with a new type of explosive called the thermobaric grenade.

    The Omega Theory

  • One other terror weapon likely also is used called a thermobaric bomb which is a modification of still another prohibited weapon called fuel air explosives (FAE) that in their original form are enormously powerful and destroy and incinerate structures and people.

    Imperialism 101 - The US Addiction to War, Mayhem and Madness - Part II

  • Again, it goes into a cave, it -- fine particles are ex -- are put into the area, and then it's called a thermobaric blast in which pressure builds up over time, and then is ignited in a delayed fashion.

    CNN Transcript Dec 22, 2001

  • The Hellfire can also carry a "thermobaric" warhead, which generates a lethal pressure wave against fighters in caves.

    A New Weapon in the War on Terror

  • If the blast doesn't incinerate people, its second phase employs a technology based on the "thermobaric" principle which uses heat and pressure to kill people targeted across a wide field - by sucking the air out of their lungs and rupturing internal organs.

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • A new 'super-weapon' being supplied to British soldiers in Afghanistan employs technology based on the 'thermobaric' principle which uses heat and pressure to kill people targeted across a wide air by sucking the air out of lungs and rupturing internal organs.

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: British Army deploys new weapon based on mass-killing technology

  • VIEW FAVORITES yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'British Army deploys new weapon based on mass-killing technology'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'A new \'super-weapon\ 'being supplied to British soldiers in Afghanistan employs technology based on the "thermobaric" principle which uses heat and pressure to kill people targeted across a wide air by sucking the air out of lungs and rupturing internal organs.'

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: British Army deploys new weapon based on mass-killing technology

  • Then there are the new versions of 25mm round, like fuel-air explosive (or "thermobaric").

    StrategyPage.com

  • One of the new options with a larger shell is a fuel-air explosive (or "thermobaric") version for the XM-25.

    StrategyPage.com

  • In fact the only possible competitor to high explosives would be fuel-air explosives, but getting a high quality thermobaric device to work is more complex.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Biological Weapons Amnesia

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