flam·ma·ble | \ ˈfla-mə-bəl \

Definition of flammable 

: capable of being easily ignited and of burning quickly

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flammable noun

Examples of flammable in a Sentence

avoid wearing loose flammable clothing when using the blowtorch

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Andrew Eric Mongerson, of Garden Grove, has been charged with one count each of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of flammable material and attempted arson, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "Man accused of throwing Molotov cocktail at two homeless men in Anaheim," 6 July 2018 Luis Felipe Puente, head of Mexico’s civil defense agency, said there were four blasts in total and the explosions started at an unauthorized, clandestine workshop and spread as flammable material shot into the air. Time, "Fireworks Explosion Kills 24 People, Injures 49 Near Mexico City," 6 July 2018 Authorities say Watts strapped fireworks to his chest, doused himself with a flammable liquid and set himself on fire June 26. Fox News, "Authorities say man who burned self to protest VA has died," 3 July 2018 Authorities say Watts strapped fireworks to his chest, doused himself with a flammable liquid and set himself on fire June 26. NBC News, "Air Force veteran who set himself on fire in protest of VA dies," 3 July 2018 Initial reports indicate that the 18-wheeler was transporting a flammable liquid, which began leaking when the trailer overturned on FM 3081. Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "Overturned 18-wheeler diverting traffic on FM 1725," 29 June 2018 Area residents had worried a flammable liquid called pentane used to help turn turbines could explode or release dangerous gas, but the majority of it has been removed from the site and the wells are being capped. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Hawaii lava flow destroys 12 more homes as Kilauea volcano continues exploding," 29 May 2018 The explosion at 10 Deepwood Lane was large and appeared to have been fueled by some sort of flammable gas, Deputy Chief Stephen Shay said. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Norwalk House Explodes, Woman — 9 Months Pregnant — And Man Flee Flames, Fire Officials Say," 12 June 2018 Officials removed roughly 50,000 gallons of pentane, a flammable gas similar to lighter fluid used in power generation at the plant, to an off-site industrial park. Washington Post, "Hawaii volcano lava burns 2 buildings at geothermal plant," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of flammable

1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flammable

Latin flammare to flame, set on fire, from flamma

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English Language Learners Definition of flammable

: capable of being set on fire and of burning quickly


flam·ma·ble | \ ˈfla-mə-bəl \

Kids Definition of flammable

: capable of being easily set on fire and of burning quickly

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alleviating pain or harshness

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