- 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 combustible
This means not offering provocative remarks on a combustible topic like immigration, which is sure to make them enemies.Obama and Latinos Are at the Breaking Point
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
July 21, 2014
Children have fantasy lives so rich and combustible that rigging them with lies is like putting a propeller on a rocket.Why Jimmy Kimmel’s Lies Matter
November 19, 2013
This combustible brew of race, class, and economic anxieties bubbles all too closely to the surface.The GOP’s Backdoor Impeachment Scheme
October 14, 2013
The mix of al Qaeda in the Maghreb, Ansar al Dine, and the Tuareg rebels is combustible.Al Qaeda’s Dangerous Play in Mali
January 15, 2013
It runs on combustible poison—ammonia and pressurized hydrogen.American Dreams: ‘The Mosquito Coast’ by Paul Theroux
September 20, 2012
In half an hour, the huts were stripped of their most combustible material.At the Point of the Bayonet
G. A. Henty
The other gas which issues into this atmosphere is said to be the combustible gas.An Elementary Study of Chemistry
"Well, Tom, we'll try and get some combustible or other," said Paganel.In Search of the Castaways
Almost every man's and every woman's imagination is combustible on one side or another.The Faith Doctor
I know that there are combustible materials there, and that they wait the torch only.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson
- capable of igniting and burning
- easily annoyed; excitable
- a combustible substance
Word Origin and History for combustible
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.