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.
combustibilityplay \kəm-ˌbə-stə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
combustiblyplay \kəm-ˈbə-stə-blē\ 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 of combustible from the Web
On Thursday, President Trump’s decision to withdraw from a landmark global climate agreement touched off a new round of combustible debate.
There may not be an appetite for including energy in a NAFTA renegotiation, but a combustible political climate affords little room for certainty.
Some negatives were made of combustible and decomposing cellulose nitrate; the Los Angeles Fire Department recommended that all the negatives be destroyed.
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Origin and Etymology of combustible
First Known Use: 1529
COMBUSTIBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of combustible for English Language Learners
: able to be burned easily
COMBUSTIBLE Defined for Kids
Definition of combustible for Students
: catching fire or burning easily
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