autoignition

noun au·to·ignition

Definition of autoignition

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  self-ignition in an internal-combustion engine cylinder either as a result of the heat of the compression alone or from this in combination with glowing carbon — compare preignition

  2. 2 :  spontaneous combustion

autoignite

intransitive verb,

autoignited

;

autoigniting

;

autoignites

Apparently these additives sufficiently lower the ignition temperature of the particulates that are collected on the trap for the particulates to autoignite. — W. D. Route et al., Oil & Gas Journal, 25 Jan. 1982

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Origin and Etymology of autoignition

aut- + ignition


First Known Use: 1901


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