combustion

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noun com·bus·tion \kəm-ˈbəs-chən\

Definition of combustion

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of burning Smoke is produced during combustion.

  2. 2 :  a usually rapid chemical process (such 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. 3 :  violent agitation :  tumult … periods of great social combustion alternating with quiescence … — Kurt Andersen

combustive

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Examples of combustion in a Sentence

  1. Combustion may occur at high temperatures.

  2. This ratio of air to fuel results in better combustion.

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Origin and Etymology of combustion

see combust



COMBUSTION Defined for English Language Learners

combustion

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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

combustion

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noun com·bus·tion \kəm-ˈbəs-chən\

Definition of combustion for Students

  1. :  the process of burning


Medical Dictionary

combustion

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noun com·bus·tion \kəm-ˈbəs-chən\

Medical Definition of combustion

  1. :  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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