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Definition of combustible

1 : capable of combustion combustible materials, such as paper, leaves, and sawdust combustible gases
2 : easily excited a combustible temper The coach had to keep the combustible players under control.

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Other Words from combustible

combustibility \ kəm-​ˌbə-​stə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce combustibility (audio) \ noun
combustible noun
combustibly \ kəm-​ˈbə-​stə-​blē How to pronounce combustibly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of combustible in a Sentence

The fuel is highly combustible. don't store oily rags and other combustible materials in a hot attic
Recent Examples on the Web Almost none of the people who used e-cigarettes at Waves 2 and 3 of the study had stopped smoking combustible tobacco, however. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "Vaping May Increase the Risk of Chronic Respiratory Disease," 20 Dec. 2019 While less combative than their combustible client, the lawyers relentlessly assailed the prosecution’s interpretation of events, accusing House Democrats of cherry-picking facts and leaving out contrary information to construct a skewed narrative. Peter Baker,, "Trump defense begins by accusing Democrats of subverting election," 25 Jan. 2020 Fans of Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock used to hang out near the wide front steps, hoping to catch the combustible indie-rock titan, one of the city’s most well-known and controversial, coming or leaving the home he’s owned since 2004. oregonlive, "Modest Mouse Isaac Brock’s Portland house since ‘Float On’ debuted is for sale at $1.3 million," 22 Jan. 2020 In addition to helping put Baker Mayfield back on track, Stefanski will have to manage a roster that features talented players and combustible personalities, many of whom will now be on their third system in as many seasons. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Ravens' abrupt playoff exit doesn't diminish Lamar Jackson's remarkable season," 14 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, 45% were former combustible tobacco users and 26% were current users. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Vaping Damages Your Lungs, But Is Still Safer Than Smoking, a Long-Term Study Suggests," 16 Dec. 2019 Like the Murdochs or the Trumps, the Roys are a family built on controlling the media and also one another, a game that is perilous and often combustible. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "How Succession Skewers the Rich," 9 Sep. 2019 There were plenty of combustible materials that were untouched by the fast-moving fire., "“This was a very fast fire,” he said.," 27 Nov. 2019 Authorities say Amiot used a lighter to ignite combustible materials outside the main building, near a separate religious structure called a sukkah. USA TODAY, "Superstorm art, Key West Fantasy Fest, pine cone plan: News from around our 50 states," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of combustible

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for combustible

borrowed from Medieval Latin combustibilis, from Latin combustus (past participle of combūrere "to destroy with fire, combust") + -ibilis -ible

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The first known use of combustible was in 1529

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12 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Combustible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of combustible

: able to be burned easily


com·​bus·​ti·​ble | \ kəm-ˈbə-stə-bəl How to pronounce combustible (audio) \

Kids Definition of combustible

: catching fire or burning easily


com·​bus·​ti·​ble | \ kəm-ˈbəs-tə-bəl How to pronounce combustible (audio) \

Medical Definition of combustible

: capable of combustion combustible anesthetics

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