ac·​cel·​er·​ant | \ ik-ˈse-lə-rənt How to pronounce accelerant (audio) , ak- \

Definition of accelerant

: 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 presentation also will show how their presence in Major League uniforms became an accelerant of the Civil Rights movement. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Free Baseball Heritage Museum programs scheduled this month," 10 Jan. 2020 But social media in the years since 2013 has become a powerful accelerant for anyone who wants to start a fire. Jonathan Haidt, The Atlantic, "Why It Feels Like Everything Is Going Haywire," 12 Nov. 2019 As if that weren’t bad enough, many wildfires are fueled by another accelerant, something that almost ensures destruction on a mass scale: time. Peter Holley, The Denver Post, "California has 33 million acres of forest. This company is training artificial intelligence to scour it all for wildfire," 10 Nov. 2019 The report said the raccoon was found dead in a cage in Plainfield on July 4 at around 6:30 a.m. The animal had been doused in accelerant, the report said. Fox News, "Someone set a trapped raccoon on fire in New Jersey, there’s a reward out for information," 24 Sep. 2019 Kenney told investigators that Frazee poured motor oil on the fire as an accelerant. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Kelsey Berreth murder case: Patrick Frazee told customer that Berreth was “never coming back,” according to testimony," 12 Nov. 2019 The internet acts as an accelerant on these forces, enabling cross pollination and mutation at rapid rates. Stan Stalnaker, Quartz, "Technology-oriented religions are coming," 9 Oct. 2019 The Dutch Safety Board report criticizes both the city’s municipality for lax regulation and the builders of the giant stack of wooden pallets for breaching agreements about its size and the use of accelerants to help ignite the stack. Mike Corder, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dutch safety board issues scathing report into NYE bonfire," 3 Oct. 2019 With so much data on hand, the development of new big data techniques also serves as an accelerant. Scientific American, "The Coming Age of Molecular Medicine," 2 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of accelerant

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accelerant

acceler(ate) + -ant entry 1

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19 Jan 2020

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“Accelerant.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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