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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

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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 But a nightmare schedule and the Hoosiers’ established shortcomings mixed together at Ohio State to create whatever is the opposite of combustible, in a 71-56 defeat. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Big Ten dealt IU lousy hand with schedule, but Hoosiers have to deal with it," 30 Jan. 2018 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

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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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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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