Definition of thermite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈTHərmīt/
(also trademark Thermit /-mit/)


A mixture of finely powdered aluminum and iron oxide that produces a very high temperature on combustion, used in welding and for incendiary bombs.
Example sentences
  • Early British incendiaries filled with thermite - a mixture of iron oxide and powdered aluminium - produced great heat but this dissipated quickly and was confined to a small area.
  • From his bulging bag he brought out a small, sleek pipe bomb with a thermite fuse - a home-made grenade - and showed it to the men guarding the house.
  • Other joining processes include thermite welding, laser welding, and electron-beam welding.


Early 20th century: coined in German from thermo- 'of heat' + -ite1.

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Syllabification: ther·mite

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