One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The process of burning something.‘the combustion of fossil fuels’
burning, firing, kindling, igniting, ignitionView synonyms
- ‘Acid on the foil, they said, can cause combustion.’
- ‘Fly ash is a byproduct of coal combustion.’
- ‘Charcoal is the product of incomplete combustion of wood and is a seriously brilliant substance.’
- ‘The widespread combustion of leaded gasoline is dangerous to society.’
- ‘The health effects of combustion pollutants range from headaches and breathing difficulties to death.’
- ‘Twenty-five percent of total worldwide emissions come from fossil fuel combustion.’
- ‘The production of potash from broad-leaved trees also utilized wood in combustion processes.’
- ‘An exhaust fan may pull the combustion gases back into the living space.’
- ‘The combustion pollutants discussed in this booklet come from burning fuels in appliances.’
- ‘However, such a detector will not detect other combustion by-products that can still make you ill.’
- ‘The complete combustion of carbon and hydrocarbons described above rarely occurs in nature.’
- ‘Called the " silent killer " because it is odorless, it is produced when hydrocarbon combustion is incomplete.’
- ‘During the combustion of coal, minor constituents are also oxidized.’
- ‘Onboard sensors confirmed that combustion occurred in one of two parallel chambers.’
- ‘More traditionally, wood gas has been used to drive internal combustion piston engines.’
- ‘In addition, gasoline combustion products filled the tunnel with smoke.’
- ‘But gasoline combustion also results in over a pound of water for every pound of fuel burned.’
- ‘The purpose for this requirement is to prevent noxious combustion gases from venting into the living area.’
- ‘When the flame is in complete combustion, you don't smell the oil.’
- ‘Although greenhouse gases come from many sources, fossil fuel combustion is the prime human-induced source.’
- 1.1Chemistry Rapid chemical combination of a substance with oxygen, involving the production of heat and light.
- ‘Enols are less stable than carbonyls, and standard combustion mechanisms assume that they do not play a role.’
- ‘One of the products of combustion of any system is heat - quite a bit of it.’
- ‘Heat causes combustion by increasing the oxidation rate of the fuel/oxygen mix.’
- ‘Nitroglycerin is an explosive because no outside source of oxygen is needed for its complete combustion.’
- ‘Chlorine does not undergo combustion, although it does support combustion in much the same way as does oxygen.’
Late Middle English: from late Latin combustio(n-), from Latin comburere ‘burn up’.
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