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[ney-pahm] /ˈneɪ pɑm/
a highly incendiary jellylike substance used in fire bombs, flamethrowers, etc.
verb (used with object)
to drop bombs containing napalm on (troops, a city, or the like).
Origin of napalm
1940-45, Americanism; na(phthene) + palm(itate) Unabridged
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  • Heroic earthlings fought the aliens with dynamite, napalm, atomic torpedoes and bad acting.
  • It counts napalm and the cost of a nuclear warhead, and armored cars for police who fight riots in our streets.
  • The site has been bombed with napalm shells from aircraft and all bodies and wreckage is burning.
  • It counts napalm and counts nuclear warheads and armored cars for the police to fight the riots in our cities.
  • It counts napalm and counts nuclear warheads and armored cars for police to fight the riots in our cities.
  • Several human-rights organizations have reported that napalm and chemical agents were used in the marshes.
  • Some also painted furiously to preserve the landscape as it looked before the bombs and napalm.
  • Excavation of napalm canisters from a disposal area.
  • napalm was later modified to contain mixtures of benzene, gasoline, and polystyrene.
  • The campaign to take the island was the first time that napalm was ever used in combat.
British Dictionary definitions for napalm


/ˈneɪpɑːm; ˈnæ-/
a thick and highly incendiary liquid, usually consisting of petrol gelled with aluminium soaps, used in firebombs, flame-throwers, etc
(transitive) to attack with napalm
Word Origin
C20: from na(phthene) + palm(itate)
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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napalm in Science
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.
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Related Abbreviations for napalm


naphthene + palmitate
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