Definition of combust in English:

combust

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Consume or destroy by fire.

    ‘when fossil fuels are combusted, oxides are emitted into the atmosphere’
    • ‘Ethanol's high oxygen content allows automobile engines to combust fuel better, resulting in reduced tail pipe emissions.’
    • ‘All other rockets must carry a heavy load of oxygen to combust their fuel, but the scramjet extracts its own oxygen from the atmosphere and mixes it with liquid hydrogen on board to form fuel.’
    • ‘The latter provides the oxygen required to combust the soot particles and is completely reduced to nitrogen oxide in the process.’
    • ‘After washing and drying, it was combusted to recover any carbon dioxide for the radiocarbon analysis.’
    • ‘These pollutants should be removed and treated with a non-burn technology before the waste or methane is combusted, he adds.’
    • ‘Once nutrients make their way into a neuron, small furnaces within the cells turn them into energy by combusting glucose and oxygen.’
    • ‘Researchers are trying to eliminate the flame, replacing it with a catalyst that combusts methane at lower temperature, emitting less smog-producing nitrogen oxide pollution.’
    • ‘Creating a hydrogen vapor and spraying it into the engine makes it easier to combust the incoming air-fuel mixture, greatly reducing wall wetting.’
    • ‘It won't combust the ship, I've run enough tests on it already to determine that.’
    • ‘They travel more than 1.3 billion miles annually to deliver some 4.7 billion packages, combusting tens of millions of gallons of diesel fuel along the way.’
    • ‘Fossil fuels are versatile in that they may be combusted to provide heat, burnt in an internal combustion engine to provide mechanical energy/power (eg for transport) or used to generate electricity in a power station.’
    • ‘The specimens were then baked in an oven at 450°C for four hours to combust all organic matter.’
    • ‘Bomb calorimeters measure the heat released from combusting the enclosed sample, leaving behind only ash.’
    • ‘When combusting hydrocarbons in an engine, the energy emitted is from the breaking of the carbon and hydrogen bonds ignited in the presence of oxygen from the air.’
    • ‘In a ‘calorimeter’ a substance can be combusted in the presence of oxygen, to measure the amount of heat generated per gram.’
    • ‘You need to essentially combust a lot of fossil fuel to make your nitrogen even for some sugar cane plantations.’
    • ‘Instead of using on-board oxygen to combust the hydrogen fuel, the scramjet scoops up oxygen as it travels through the atmosphere.’
    1. 1.1no object Be consumed or destroyed by fire.
      ‘one day the whole building will combust’
      • ‘It combusts perfectly, leaving no residue, no ash.’
      • ‘During ascents, a single-setting heel lifter keeps your calves from combusting, while the girth of the two-edged ‘skis’ makes walking through deep powder a breeze.’
      • ‘They had run off terrified to their panel van, and backed it cautiously down the track before roaring off in a cloud of incompletely combusted petrol fumes and clattering beer cans.’
      • ‘In a typical experiment to determine the heat of combustion, a known amount of substance would be combusted in a sealed container (a bomb calorimeter) submerged in a well-insulated water bath.’
      • ‘This gentle contemplation was soon broken, however, by the overwhelming odours of sulphur and phosphorous, and for a brief moment the thought occurred that the building had spontaneously combusted from the pure energy.’
      • ‘But I do love a good fight: sources have reported that the two were vacationing on the exotic beach of St. Tropez and almost combusted with fury.’
      • ‘One disaster averted, the visitors swiftly combusted again.’
      • ‘If a writer pens something purely for the sake of getting readers riled up, especially when it's something she or he doesn't really believe, it seems to me that all credibility and trust has spontaneously combusted.’
      • ‘Dozens of people spontaneously combust each year.’
      • ‘They always come to a halt, have a price check, and sometimes spontaneously combust the second I get in line.’
      • ‘If the pressure in the cylinder exceeds this point then the fuel will combust before the spark plug fires, thus throwing the engine's rhythm out of time.’
      • ‘Fiberglass insulation, in contrast, melts at slightly over 1,100 degrees, and cellulose combusts during house fires.’
      • ‘The title comes from an image of a moth so in love with a flame that it keeps flinging itself into a candle until it combusts.’
      • ‘If two men planning such an attack spontaneously combusted minutes before they initiated it, I'd call that fortunate.’
      • ‘The Daily Mail building would spontaneously combust.’
      • ‘But heading down the 18th, back in the lead he enjoyed at the start of play, he nearly combusted but managed to rescue a bogey after a less than perfect approach shot, over-long chip and over-hit putt.’
      • ‘He was calm outwardly; inside, as he said later, he was combusting.’
      • ‘Everything she feels is combusting in her face.’
      • ‘Therefore the engine combusts a little bit less and puts out slightly less thrust.’
      • ‘This resulted in the conversion of English iron works to coke - a partially combusted form of coal generated in much the same way as charcoal.’

Origin

Late 15th century: from obsolete combust ‘burnt, calcined’, from Latin combustus, past participle of comburere ‘burn up’.

Pronunciation

combust

/kəmˈbʌst/