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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
Recent Examples on the Web In addition to the curfew, the order bans Molotov cocktails or other combustible devices. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "Tulsa mayor imposes curfew ahead of Trump's rally; police move out supporters who had camped out," 20 June 2020 Still, no matter what went down throughout more than a dozen World Series of Rock concerts, nothing compared to that wild 1979 show, a combustible mix of fierce rockers, some about to reach their peaks, others ready to implode. cleveland, "Revisiting the World Series of Rock 1979 in all its insanity and greatness," 17 June 2020 Patton, 26, is accused of tossing a combustible substance into the patrol car, feeding the flames that destroyed it, prosecutors said in court documents. Fox News, "Utah man charged as eighth suspect in destruction of police car torched at Salt Lake City protest," 17 June 2020 The combustible components in safety matches are split between the match head and the striking strip on the side of the box (or book). Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "What Is the Best Match for Starting a Survival Fire?," 3 June 2020 Against that backdrop, cities across the country are now combustible cauldrons of fear, anger, fire and tear gas as Trump has responded to the violence with threats and little evidence of understanding its cause. NBC News, "May 31 George Floyd protests and nationwide unrest," 1 June 2020 The combination of growing mobile device use in semi-autonomous cars, in which drivers can take their eyes off the road for long periods, is a combustible mix, said NTSB Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg. Ryan Beene,, "Tesla’s Autopilot, Cell Phone Use Blamed in 2018 Fatal Crash," 10 May 2020 Meanwhile, vaping industry groups continue to argue that removing flavors from the market may push some adult vapers back to combustible tobacco products, and put jobs and small businesses at risk. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Trump Administration Announces Stripped-Down Regulations on Flavored Vaping Products," 2 Jan. 2020 In plainer terms, vaping and nicotine e-cigarette use carry their own, special respiratory illness risks that are separate from the lung illness risks of using more traditional, combustible tobacco products. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "A New Study Shows the Damage Just 3 Years of Vaping Could Do to Your Lungs," 16 Dec. 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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The first known use of combustible was in 1529

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27 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Combustible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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