combustible

adjective
com·​bus·​ti·​ble | \ kəm-ˈbə-stə-bəl \

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 \ noun
combustible noun
combustibly \ 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

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The result is a combustible blend, both sweet and smoky, that juxtaposes the spirit of the Americas with a label that’s 100 percent made in Italy. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Can Liqueurs Be the Next Big Thing in Food-Cocktail Pairings?," 14 Jan. 2019 Critics, however, say the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital could make a region already struggling with four ongoing conflicts all the more combustible. Matt Korade, CNN, "Controversial US pastors to take part in embassy opening in Jerusalem," 13 May 2018 Altria represents 46% of the U.S. market for combustible cigarettes. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Slowing Cigarette Sales Push Altria to Explore Other Opportunities," 4 Dec. 2018 Seattle Fire confirmed with the warehouse owners on the scene that the contents of the warehouses were primarily lumber and reported that a large amount of combustible materials caused the fire to spread quickly. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "Four-alarm fire at lumber yard on Seattle’s Ship Canal still smoldering," 11 Nov. 2018 Their story is unusual and fascinating in its detail, their attraction violently strong and equally combustible. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "In A Life of My Own, One of the Great Biographers Turns the Focus on Herself," 20 July 2018 Underlying it all is an awareness that the political environment is combustible and unpredictable. Michael Scherer, Anchorage Daily News, "Democrats target Murkowski, Collins in campaign against Supreme Court nominee," 5 July 2018 Moonves' decision to skip the breakfast shows just how combustible the boardroom brawl has become, creating uncertainty in the company's management team, which is fiercely loyal to its leader. Stephen Battaglio, latimes.com, "Legal battle with Redstones keeps CBS chief Leslie Moonves away from network's upfront breakfast," 16 May 2018 There is apparently no such thing as too young to flame—and Facebook is a particularly combustible setting. Susan Dominus, Redbook, "Underage on Facebook," 4 Jan. 2012

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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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More Definitions for combustible

combustible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of combustible

: able to be burned easily

combustible

adjective
com·​bus·​ti·​ble | \ kəm-ˈbə-stə-bəl \

Kids Definition of combustible

: catching fire or burning easily

combustible

adjective
com·​bus·​ti·​ble | \ kəm-ˈbəs-tə-bəl \

Medical Definition of combustible

: capable of combustion combustible anesthetics

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