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 combustible and controversial coach has mellowed. Christopher L. Gasper, BostonGlobe.com, "A mellower Bob Huggins still winning big at West Virginia," 22 Mar. 2018 Late-season rains this spring have spawned a bounty of combustible brush and grass, and the summer is expected to be hot and dry, according to the federal forecast. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "With wildfire season at hand, California on slightly safer footing this year," 17 June 2018 These lines, uttered by Manville in her combustible mix of indictment and pardon, lead us to the heart of O’Neill’s tragic vision. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Lesley Manville and Jeremy Irons fill 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' with sorrow and savagery," 12 June 2018 Pakistan’s uncertain leadership situation has added fuel to the combustible mix of religion and politics as the Muslim-majority nation heads toward national elections later this year. Pamela Constable, Washington Post, "Islamist terrorism wanes in Pakistan, but religious fervor threatens national unity," 7 May 2018 That makes political tribalism even less resolvable and even more combustible. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Kanye West and the Question of Freedom," 11 May 2018 Central to the issue is a combustible mix of generations of anger over perceived Chinese bullying, and a lack of faith in Vietnam's ruling communist party to do anything about it. Martin Petty, The Christian Science Monitor, "China's reach fuels illegal protests in Vietnam," 19 June 2018 And global warming is likely to stoke even more fire in coming years, by making wildlands more combustible. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Scientists race to reveal how surging wildfire smoke is affecting climate and health," 31 May 2018 Opera purists may squawk, but for me every voice does justice not only to Bizet’s melodic richness but also to the inescapable fatalism of the story, as the music tugs everyone into combustible convergence. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Bad Girl Makes Good in a Glorious ‘Carmen Jones’," 27 June 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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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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