combust

verb com·bust \ kəm-ˈbəst \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of combust

: burn

Examples of combust in a Sentence

  1. anthracite, which is naturally hard, combusts more cleanly than bituminous coal

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Origin and Etymology of combust

derivative of earlier combust, combusted "burned, consumed," going back to Middle English combust, borrowed from Latin combustus, past participle of combūrere "to destroy with fire, reduce to ashes, calcine," from com- com- + ūrere "to expose to fire, burn, scorch" (with -b- from ambūrere "to burn around, scorch," falsely parsed as am- + būrere) — more at adust



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