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combustible

[kuh m-buhs-tuh-buh l] /kəmˈbʌs tə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of catching fire and burning; inflammable; flammable:
Gasoline vapor is highly combustible.
2.
easily excited:
a high-strung, combustible nature.
noun
3.
a combustible substance:
Trucks carrying combustibles will not be allowed to use this tunnel.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Late Latin combūstibilis. See combust, -ible
Related forms
combustibility, combustibleness, noun
combustibly, adverb
uncombustible, adjective
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Examples for combustibles
  • The wood and other combustibles were heaped all round him.
  • It appears likewise in all wood and combustibles, from which there generally arises exudation and always evaporation.
  • We've been burning wood and other combustibles too, for much longer.
  • Keep the container outdoors and away from combustibles.
  • Most people know enough not to stash piles of oily rags and other potential combustibles around the house and garage.
  • Store firewood and all other combustibles away from your home.
  • Ashes and embers can stay hot for days and ignite combustibles.
  • Space heaters should be used only in an area that is clear of any combustibles.
  • Consequently, the possibility exists that common combustibles in proximity to a radiant heater can be heated to ignition.
  • Avoid the use of extension cords with electric heaters and never use heaters to dry clothing or other combustibles.
British Dictionary definitions for combustibles

combustible

/kəmˈbʌstəbəl/
adjective
1.
capable of igniting and burning
2.
easily annoyed; excitable
noun
3.
a combustible substance
Derived Forms
combustibility, combustibleness, noun
combustibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for combustibles
combustible
1520s, from Fr. combustible, from L.L. combustibilis, from combustus, pp. of combuere (see combustion). Fig. sense is from 1640s; as a noun, from 1680s.
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combustibles in Medicine

combustible com·bus·ti·ble (kəm-bŭs'tə-bəl)
adj.
Capable of igniting and burning. n.
A substance that ignites and burns readily.

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