combustible

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

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

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Nine against one': The Mariners' mindset that has tormented opposing starters Sunday Mailbag: Why is the bullpen so combustible, and what can be done about it? Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "Mariners Game Day: Live updates, how to watch Felix Hernandez face Justin Verlander, Astros," 13 Apr. 2019 In the late ’90s, the Federal Trade Commission banned the indelible Joe Camel, and the Food and Drug Administration banned kid-friendly flavors like strawberry, grape, and chocolate from traditional, or combustible, cigarettes in 2009. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "Ads for E-Cigarettes Today Hearken Back to the Banned Tricks of Big Tobacco," 12 Apr. 2018 The situation is particularly combustible in police detention centers, which were designed for temporary housing but often hold prisoners long term. Mayela Armas And, WSJ, "Families of Venezuela Fire Victims Demand Answers," 29 Mar. 2018 The mix of filial devotion and resentment that Hamilton feels toward his mentor, George Washington (an excellent Obioma Ugoala), is newly and provocatively combustible. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Hamilton’ Conquers London (King George Slays, Too)," 5 Jan. 2018 In that number of years, the temperature at which a combustible (i.e. wood, paper on drywall, fabric, et cetera) will ignite lowers. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "How to Install a Wood-Burning Stove," 28 Feb. 2019 Unlike flashbangs, in which the explosive element is within the body of the grenade and explodes outward, the EDD disperses a cloud of combustible aluminum outside the grenade body. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Rectangular, Computerized Grenade Puts a New Spin on the Flashbang," 28 Feb. 2019 Talib and Peters are combustible players who have a history of outbursts. Sam Farmer, latimes.com, "How NFC West was redone, with the Rams and 49ers doing a bang-up job," 15 Mar. 2018 Loading a skyscraper full of highly combustible materials and then igniting one end without creating a cascading explosion that would kill everyone on board proved more difficult than simply managing fuel flow into the engine. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 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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combustible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of combustible

: able to be burned easily

combustible

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

Kids Definition of combustible

: catching fire or burning easily

combustible

adjective
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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