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[kuh m-buhs-tuh-buh l] /kəmˈbʌs tə bəl/
capable of catching fire and burning; inflammable; flammable:
Gasoline vapor is highly combustible.
easily excited:
a high-strung, combustible nature.
a combustible substance:
Trucks carrying combustibles will not be allowed to use this tunnel.
Origin of combustible
1520-30; < Late Latin combūstibilis. See combust, -ible
Related forms
combustibility, combustibleness, noun
combustibly, adverb
uncombustible, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


capable of igniting and burning
easily annoyed; excitable
a combustible substance
Derived Forms
combustibility, combustibleness, noun
combustibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for combustible

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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combustible in Medicine

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

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