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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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  • In addition to dramatically extending filter life and improving engine performance, it increases combustibility.
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  • Maximum flame height was also recorded as a measure of combustibility.
  • Both requests are pending approval due to fears over combustibility.
  • But there's a quality of spontaneous combustibility that flares into some demented high points.
  • Their molecular structure is too complex for immediate combustibility.
  • Combustion, combustibility, and heat release of forest fuels.
  • If in doubt on the non-combustibility of a product, contact your local fire department.
  • These include low volatility, low combustibility, and resistance to being electrochemically oxidized or reduced.
British Dictionary definitions for combustibility

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 combustibility

combustible

adj.

1520s, from Middle French combustible, or directly from Late Latin combustibilis, from Latin combustus, past participle of combuere "to burn up, consume" (see combustion). Figurative sense is from 1640s; as a noun, from 1680s. Related: Combustibility (late 15c.).

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combustibility 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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