flammability

noun
flam·​ma·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌfla-mə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce flammability (audio) \

Definition of flammability

: ability to support combustion especially : a high capacity for combustion

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Those plans prioritize areas for hazardous-fuel reduction and recommend ways to reduce the flammability of structures. AZCentral.com, "Of small communities across 11 states, more than 500 have a higher wildfire hazard potential than Paradise, Calif.," 23 July 2019 SpaceX also performed a series of tests of the flammability of the valve’s titanium components at the company’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. Chabeli Herrera, orlandosentinel.com, "SpaceX now knows why its astronaut capsule exploded — and more delays are likely," 15 July 2019 Our Textiles Lab subjected the clothing to the flammability-testing standards enforced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Are Your Kids Sleeping in Fire-Safe Clothing?," 2 Feb. 2012 Pretty much the only color comes from a brief flood of sickly dark purple illumination near the end — and from Kirill Petrenko, the music director of the Bavarian State Opera here, who conducts with visionary flammability. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: A Conductor Sets Munich’s Ashen ‘Parsifal’ Aflame," 1 July 2018 The National Transportation Safety Board, which is looking into the flammability of lithium-ion battery packs for electric vehicles, released the report Tuesday on the May 8 accident that killed the driver and one of two passengers. Fortune, "Tesla That Caught Fire in Florida Crash Reached 116 MPH," 26 June 2018 Carroll Pitts, transportation director for the Cobb County, Georgia, schools, recalled watching a school bus burn during a test in 1985, a full decade after scientists had demonstrated the flammability of polyurethane. The Courier-Journal, "Archives: 1988 reports on bus safety after the Carrollton crash," 14 May 2018 In one of them, a participant was storing gasoline in the basement – not the greatest idea for several reasons, including its flammability, Polivka said. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, "The worst air you breathe is probably inside your own home," 7 Sep. 2017 The material’s easy flammability was a problem in all those places, too, writes Ria Misra for i09. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Once Upon a Time, Exploding Billiard Balls Were An Everyday Thing," 6 Apr. 2017

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1646, in the meaning defined above

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