combustible

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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.

combustibility

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combustible

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combustibly

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Examples of combustible in a Sentence

  1. The fuel is highly combustible.

  2. don't store oily rags and other combustible materials in a hot attic

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Origin and Etymology of combustible


COMBUSTIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

combustible

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adjective

Definition of combustible for English Language Learners

  • : able to be burned easily


COMBUSTIBLE Defined for Kids

combustible

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

Definition of combustible for Students

:catching fire or burning easily

Medical Dictionary

combustible

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

medical Definition of combustible

:capable of combustion
  • combustible anesthetics


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