flam·​ma·​ble | \ ˈfla-mə-bəl How to pronounce flammable (audio) \

Definition of flammable

: capable of being easily ignited and of burning quickly

Other Words from flammable

flammable noun

Examples of flammable in a Sentence

avoid wearing loose flammable clothing when using the blowtorch
Recent Examples on the Web The homeless man, who is 75, was sleeping near the Trump Tower on early Wednesday morning when Joseph Guardia, 27, allegedly poured flammable liquid on him and ignited it, according to FOX 32 Chicago. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 29 May 2022 He was also charged with a felony count of possession of a flammable liquid and one misdemeanor count each of brandishing a deadly weapon and hit and run with property damage. Christian Martinezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2022 Last month, a man walked into a New York City gay bar, Rash Bar, with a bottle of flammable liquid and set the venue on fire. Matt Lavietes, NBC News, 17 May 2022 According to the report, security footage obtained from Dearborn Fresh Supermarket shows a man pouring flammable liquid onto the side of the store and then setting it ablaze early on Sunday morning. Lauren Wethington, Detroit Free Press, 8 May 2022 Navarro-DePaz also said her son and daughter were assaulted in 2015 a couple of months after she herself was kidnapped, doused in a flammable liquid and set on fire. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, 5 May 2022 Detectives said Avery was one of two suspects found at the scene with a 1-year-old child who was covered in flammable liquid. Garrett Phillips, Sun Sentinel, 5 May 2022 The bottle thrown contained no flammable liquid, Kohlmetz said. oregonlive, 18 Apr. 2022 Molotov cocktails are often supplemented with thickeners designed to gel the gasoline or other flammable liquid. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Flammable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flammable. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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flam·​ma·​ble | \ ˈfla-mə-bəl How to pronounce flammable (audio) \

Kids Definition of flammable

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

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