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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 combustible
  • No federal workplace standard exists for combustible dust.
  • Sociologists spoke up during those controversies, but they have also criticized less obviously combustible genetic studies.
  • The majority of that used oil is collected and sold as a combustible fuel, mainly used in power plants or industrial boilers.
  • Everywhere the complex mix of clans and sub-clans is combustible.
  • It is combustible and can give off toxic fumes in the event of fire.
  • The two cultures-of the ponytail and the suit-are a world apart, and combustible together.
  • The hydrogen is combustible and will burn as long as it remains within the radio frequency field.
  • Whatever the case, the combustible mixture of air and coal dust ignited.
  • The holidays have always been an emotionally combustible time for families.
  • Otherwise, the consequences of mismanagement of such a combustible event would literally destroy our economy.
British Dictionary definitions for combustible

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 combustible
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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combustible 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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