ac·​cel·​er·​ant ik-ˈse-lə-rənt How to pronounce accelerant (audio)
: a substance used to accelerate a process (such as the spreading of a fire)

Examples of accelerant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The victim had been walking at the intersection of North Capitol Street and P Street Northwest, located about a mile north of the National Mall, when an unidentified man approached him and doused him in liquid accelerant, according to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 16 Jan. 2024 Gas was used as an accelerant, according to authorities. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 1 Dec. 2023 Share [Findings] Arson dogs’ noses remain better than lab equipment at detecting certain accelerants. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 17 Jan. 2024 Though headwinds such as Apple Inc. downgrades and heavy corporate issuance weighed on markets, complacent investor positioning particularly around central-bank policy was the key accelerant. Lu Wang, Fortune, 5 Jan. 2024 Indiana football's coaching change added some accelerant to the Hoosiers' work in the transfer portal. Matthew Glenesk, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Jan. 2024 Political turmoil and the economic havoc of the pandemic are fueling the increase, but officials from Colombia to the United States say cellphones and social media are undoubtedly accelerants. Julie Turkewitz, New York Times, 20 Dec. 2023 Who can play this debonair, rich, handsome billionaire who walks in, who is an accelerant and pushes everyone toward their truth? Selome Hailu, Variety, 11 Oct. 2023 But in an a time on the charts where country is more impactful than it’s been in decades, and where political divisiveness has the ability to act as a nitrous oxide-like accelerant to a song’s commercial fortunes, the song’s 2023 success is hardly inexplicable. Melinda Newman, Billboard, 22 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of accelerant was in 1824

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“Accelerant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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