- capable of catching fire and burning; inflammable; flammable: Gasoline vapor is highly combustible.
- easily excited: a high-strung, combustible nature.
- a combustible substance: Trucks carrying combustibles will not be allowed to use this tunnel.
Origin of combustible
Examples from the Web for combustibility
Given the combustibility of the neighborhood, the Syrian civil war really could become World War III.The Right’s Sickening Syria Spin
September 16, 2013
The varnish must be prepared in the open, far from buildings, because of its combustibility.The Invention of Lithography
There was something in the combustibility of the gesture that was significant of the whole man.The Salamander
In our first lecture the combustibility of zinc was mentioned.Six Lectures on Light
With the exception of the first and sixth, they owe their combustibility to the presence of sulphide of potassium.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
Of 80 correct answers, 64, or 80 per cent, referred in one way or another to combustibility.The Measurement of Intelligence
Lewis Madison Terman
- capable of igniting and burning
- easily annoyed; excitable
- a combustible substance
Word Origin and History for combustibility
1520s, from Middle French combustible, or directly from Late Latin combustibilis, from Latin combustus, past participle of combuere "to burn up, consume" (see combustion). Figurative sense is from 1640s; as a noun, from 1680s. Related: Combustibility (late 15c.).
- Capable of igniting and burning.
- A substance that ignites and burns readily.