flashover

noun flash·over \ ˈflash-ˌō-vər \

Definition of flashover

1 :an abnormal electrical discharge (as through the air to the ground from a high potential source or between two conducting portions of a structure)
2 :the sudden spread of flame over an area when it becomes heated to the flash point

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1892


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