com·​bust | \ kəm-ˈbəst How to pronounce combust (audio) \
combusted; combusting; combusts

Definition of combust

: burn

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Synonyms for combust


blaze, burn, flame, glow

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Examples of combust in a Sentence

anthracite, which is naturally hard, combusts more cleanly than bituminous coal

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The rotation of a NASCAR engine is 3.5 times faster than a standard street car and much more efficient, allowing it to combust more quickly and produce more power. Christine Helms, The Conversation, "NASCAR may be the fastest way to learn about physics," 8 Aug. 2019 But Dundon’s compost mound spontaneously combusted in February 1990, sending flames and smoke into the air. Los Angeles Times, "Tim Dundon, ‘Guru of Doo Doo,’ whose compost nourished Altadena’s gardens, dies at 77," 6 Aug. 2019 Will America be able to take it, without combusting? Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "What if he dies? &c.," 31 July 2019 Investigators believe discarded rags soaked in turpentine may have spontaneously combusted Thursday, causing a house fire in Waconia. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Police say discarded rags soaked in turpentine likely caused house fire in Waconia; family dog still missing," 5 July 2019 More than 500 firefighters were deployed to fight a wildfire — likely caused by chicken dung spontaneously combusting — in the Tarragona province of Catalonia. Washington Post, "Melting autobahns, jaguars in pools, naked men on scooters. Europe faces an early summer ‘inferno’," 27 June 2019 One day one of the animatronic dolls combusted, and the head started smoking and caught on fire. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Child's Play Star Aubrey Plaza Talks Her Scariest Chucky Moment On Set," 24 June 2019 Since Pylea wasn’t Earth, vampires could stand in sunlight without combusting. Ruth Kinane,, "Angel cast and creators reunite for 20th anniversary of beloved vampire drama series," 20 June 2019 The discovery at Jirzankal also provides the first direct evidence that humans inhaled combusted cannabis plants in order to obtain its psychoactive effects. Michelle Z. Donahue, National Geographic, "Earliest evidence for cannabis smoking discovered in ancient tombs," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of combust

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for combust

derivative of earlier combust, combusted "burned, consumed," going back to Middle English combust, borrowed from Latin combustus, past participle of combūrere "to destroy with fire, reduce to ashes, calcine," from com- com- + ūrere "to expose to fire, burn, scorch" (with -b- from ambūrere "to burn around, scorch," falsely parsed as am- + būrere) — more at adust

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