flash point

noun
1.
Also, flashing point. Physical Chemistry. the lowest temperature at which a liquid in a specified apparatus will give off sufficient vapor to ignite momentarily on application of a flame.
2.
a critical point or stage at which something or someone suddenly causes or creates some significant action: A 10 percent drop in mortgage rates will produce a flash point in the housing market.
3.
a critical situation or area having the potential of erupting in sudden violence: The Mideast has been the flash point for a series of conflicts.
Also, flashpoint.


Origin:
1875–80

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flash point or flashing point
 
n
1.  the lowest temperature at which the vapour above a liquid can be ignited in air
2.  a critical moment beyond which a situation will inevitably erupt into violence: the political mood has reached flash point
 
flashing point or flashing point
 
n

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flash point  
The lowest temperature at which the vapor of a flammable liquid will ignite in air. The flash point is generally lower than the temperature needed for the liquid itself to ignite.
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flash point definition


For a given flammable substance, the lowest temperature at which vapors passing from the substance into the air will catch fire spontaneously if a small flame is present.

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flash point

the lowest temperature at which a petroleum product will burn. Below this temperature insufficient petroleum vapour is available to support combustion. Before gasoline became important, kerosene was the main petroleum product produced. The tendency to leave as much of the highly volatile gasoline as possible in the kerosene caused numerous fires and explosions in tanks and oil lamps. Legal measures were instituted to curb the danger, and test methods were prescribed and minimum flash points set

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Example sentences
Childhood obesity will be the flash point for fights about limits on food
  marketing.
The payroll report has also become a flash point for political arguments.
Geopolitically, it is a perennial potential flash point.
Flash point data for this chemical are not available.
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