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.
Children have fantasy lives so rich and combustible that rigging them with lies is like putting a propeller on a rocket.
This combustible brew of race, class, and economic anxieties bubbles all too closely to the surface.
The mix of al Qaeda in the Maghreb, Ansar al Dine, and the Tuareg rebels is combustible.
It runs on combustible poison—ammonia and pressurized hydrogen.American Dreams: ‘The Mosquito Coast’ by Paul Theroux|Nathaniel Rich|September 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
For this reason—the wood is not combustible enough to be fired by the red-hot tinder.The Story of a Tinder-box|Charles Meymott Tidy
Then I will take the bricquettes' place—I am sure I am combustible enough!The Little Grey House|Marion Ames Taggart
Smoke and flames from the dongas told that some of our shells had fallen among the wagons and their combustible stores.The Great Boer War|Arthur Conan Doyle
Under the wood there is plenty of combustible material; the torch is applied, and instantly all is hidden by the flames.Foot-prints of Travel|Maturin M. Ballou
A fire-ship, filled with every combustible substance, was towed into their midst, and at ten o'clock the torch was applied.Harper's New Monthly Magazine|Various
British Dictionary definitions for combustible
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.).