[ ak-sel-er-uhnt ]
/ ækˈsɛl ər ənt /
something that speeds up a process.
Chemistry. accelerator (def. 5).
a substance that accelerates the spread of fire or makes a fire more intense: Arson was suspected when police found accelerants at the scene of the fire.
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Origin of accelerant
1915–20; <Latin accelerant- (stem of accelerāns) hastening (present participle of accelerāre). See accelerate
Words nearby accelerant
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Example sentences from the Web for accelerant
Thrown into the Middle East pyre, the Zionism-racism charge has been an accelerant, angering, alienating, polarizing both sides.Delegitimizing Israel Makes Peace Harder to Achieve|Gil Troy|February 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for accelerant
/ (ækˈsɛlərənt) /
chem another name for accelerator (def. 3)
Word Origin for accelerant
C20: from Latin from accelerāns, present participle of accelerāre to go faster
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Medical definitions for accelerant
[ ăk-sĕl′ər-ənt ]
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Scientific definitions for accelerant
[ ăk-sĕl′ər-ənt ]
A substance, such as a petroleum distillate, that is used as a catalyst, as in spreading an intentionally set fire.
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