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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But one thing that’s clear: Some rosters are way more combustible than others. Conor Orr,, "The NFL’s Five Most Combustible Teams," 9 July 2019 That has had unintended consequences, Daniels said, leaving behind tons of combustible material that can fuel blazes. Amanda Coletta, Anchorage Daily News, "Canada’s wildfire season is off to a ferocious start," 11 June 2019 That has had unintended consequences, Daniels said, leaving behind tons of combustible material that can fuel blazes. Washington Post, "Canada’s wildfire season is off to a ferocious start," 11 June 2019 The combustible debate, stoked by conservative religion, divided the small town like never before. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "What a Kentucky town's 20-year struggle with 'Fairness' says about rural LGBTQ rights," 21 June 2019 Adding tens of thousands of children would effectively be lobbing dynamite on an already combustible system, says Sutphin. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Grandparents raising grandkids say they need more help from Washington state," 28 Dec. 2018 Five years of declining incomes, added to brazen corruption and injustice, make a combustible mix; the Kremlin is keen not to add a spark. The Economist, "What Ivan Golunov’s ordeal reveals about Russia," 13 June 2019 Super sharp lawn darts, combustible old mini cars, balls, swim floats. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "From Nightmare Temp Jobs to Ticket Scalper Horror Stories—The Side Hustles We Don't Recommend," 9 Apr. 2019 Fire investigators determined the blaze was caused when a vehicle crashed into the structure and ignited the combustible and flammable fluids inside, FOX 13 reported. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Fiery hit-and-run crash causes $800G in damage, police say," 24 Sep. 2018

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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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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


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Medical Definition of combustible

: capable of combustion combustible anesthetics

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