Definition of combustion
1 : an act or instance of burning Smoke is produced during combustion.
2 : a usually rapid chemical process (as oxidation) that produces heat and usually light The carburetor mixes fuel with air for combustion.; also : a slower oxidation (as in the body)
3 : violent agitation : tumult … periods of great social combustion alternating with quiescence … — Kurt Andersen
combustiveplay \-ˈbəs-tiv\ adjective
Examples of combustion in a sentence
Combustion may occur at high temperatures.
This ratio of air to fuel results in better combustion.
Origin and Etymology of combustion
First Known Use: 15th century
COMBUSTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of combustion for English Language Learners
: the act of burning
: a chemical reaction that occurs when oxygen combines with other substances to produce heat and usually light
COMBUSTION Defined for Kids
Definition of combustion for Students
: the process of burning
Medical Definition of combustion
: a usually very rapid chemical process (as oxidation) that produces heat and usually light; also : a slower oxidation (as in the body)
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