[ aw-toh-ig-nish-uh n ]
/ ˌɔ toʊ ɪgˈnɪʃ ən /


Automotive. the spontaneous ignition of fuel when introduced into the combustion chamber of an internal-combustion engine, as a result either of glowing carbon in the chamber or of the heat of compression.

Nearby words

  1. autohemolysin,
  2. autohemolysis,
  3. autohemotherapy,
  4. autohypnosis,
  5. autoicous,
  6. autoignition point,
  7. autoimmune,
  8. autoimmune disease,
  9. autoimmune hemolytic anemia,
  10. autoimmunization

Origin of autoignition Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019