flammability

noun
flam·​ma·​bil·​i·​ty | \ˌfla-mə-ˈbi-lə-tē \

Definition of flammability 

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

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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 In the past, Methyl chloride was used as a refrigerant but was discontinued due to its flammability and toxicity, replaced with Freon. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Explosion, Fire at Eglin Air Force Base Test Center," 6 July 2017 Authorities in Britain, meanwhile, continued to test samples of building materials for flammability. Washington Post, "British leader seeks fire inquiry; German building evacuated," 27 June 2017 Hospitals and school buildings across Britain will also have their exterior cladding tested for flammability as part of an urgent nationwide push to increase fire safety. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Company curbs sale of panels used on burned London high-rise," 26 June 2017

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1646, in the meaning defined above

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