- 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.
Origin of accelerant
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Contemporary Examples of 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
February 28, 2013
Also in the apartment were glass jars containing what is believed to be accelerant, black gunpowder, and bullets.How Alleged Colorado Shooter James Holmes Bought His Guns
Christine Pelisek, Eliza Shapiro
July 21, 2012
- chem another name for accelerator (def. 3)
Word Origin for accelerant
Word Origin and History for accelerant
1854, from Latin accelerantem (nominative accelerans), present participle of accelerare (see accelerate). As an adjective from 1890.
- A substance, such as a petroleum distillate, that is used as a catalyst, as in spreading an intentionally set fire.