flash point

noun
|Updated on: 2 Aug 2018

Definition of flash point

1 : the lowest temperature at which vapors above a volatile combustible substance ignite in air when exposed to flame
2 : a point at which someone or something bursts suddenly into action or being
3 : tinderbox 2

Examples of flash point in a Sentence

  1. The city became a flash point as political tensions grew.

  2. The situation reached a flash point when union leaders urged the workers to protest.

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First Known Use of flash point

1878

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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FLASH POINT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of flash point for English Language Learners

  • : a point, place, or situation in which sudden anger or violence could happen



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