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Definition of autoignition

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

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Other Words from autoignition

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

First Known Use of autoignition

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for autoignition

aut- + ignition

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“Autoignition.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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