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incombustible

[in-kuh m-buhs-tuh-buh l] /ˌɪn kəmˈbʌs tə bəl/
adjective
1.
not combustible; incapable of being burned; fireproof.
noun
2.
an incombustible substance.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin incombustibilis. See in-3, combustible
Related forms
incombustibility, incombustibleness, noun
incombustibly, adverb
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Examples from the web for incombustible
  • Methane is a relatively pure compound whereas coal contains a significant amount of incombustible ash.
  • It is a term used to describe six naturally occurring incombustible minerals.
  • incombustible matter resulting from combustion that does not leave as fly ash.
  • They are incombustible and cannot be degraded or destroyed easily.
  • incombustible or non-combustible means a material which will not ignite and burn when subjected to fire.
  • The remainder of the storage should be confined to incombustible areas.
  • Heaters shall always be placed and used on firm, level and stable incombustible surfaces.
British Dictionary definitions for incombustible

incombustible

/ˌɪnkəmˈbʌstəbəl/
adjective
1.
not capable of being burnt; fireproof
noun
2.
an incombustible object or material
Derived Forms
incombustibility, incombustibleness, noun
incombustibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for incombustible
adj.

late 15c., from Old French incombustible (14c.) or directly from Medieval Latin incombustibilis; see in- (1) + combustible.

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