com·​bust | \kəm-ˈbəst \
combusted; combusting; combusts

Definition of combust 

: burn

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Synonyms for combust


blaze, burn, flame, glow

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Examples of combust in a Sentence

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

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These springs keep engine valves closed when the fuel is being combusted. Sean Mclain, WSJ, "Subaru and Toyota to Recall More Than 400,000 Vehicles Globally," 1 Nov. 2018 Combined with carbon and oil sediment the leaks could combust and cause fires when the vehicles were driven at high speeds for long periods of time. Kim Tong-hyung, The Seattle Times, "South Korea bans driving BMWs under recall due to fires," 14 Aug. 2018 One woman was in her car when her vaporizer combusted, causing the entire vehicle to go up in flames. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Yet Another Person Has Been Injured From an Exploding E-Cigarette," 14 June 2016 The motion turns a set of gears that drop feces and urine into a pan, where they are separated and either combusted into ash that can be thrown away or filtered into clean water that could be used to water plants, for instance, though not drinking. Dominique Fong, WSJ, "Flush With Ideas: Bill Gates Pursues the Toilet of the Future," 9 Nov. 2018 The leak took months to seal, becoming the second largest methane leak in US history but likely the most environmentally damaging methane leak in US history due to the fact that none of the methane combusted before being released to the atmosphere. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "In California, natural gas availability still an issue 3 years after major leak," 10 June 2018 San Francisco and Oakland, California, sued Chevron Corp., BP PLC, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil Corp., and Royal Dutch Shell PLC, arguing the companies make and sell products that, when combusted, create a public nuisance. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: Chocolate money, the rise of multicellularity, and pet rabbit brains," 29 June 2018 Then the top jets (13) inject oxygen that is combusted with the gaseous fuel, producing a clean, smokeless fire. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Things Come Apart: The Biolite Campstove," 15 Mar. 2017 Linseed oil, also called flaxseed oil, can spontaneously combust and start incredibly dangerous fires. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Common Household Product Can Spontaneously Combust," 25 July 2016

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First Known Use of combust

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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