combustible

[ kuh m-buhs-tuh-buh l ]
/ kəmˈbʌs tə bəl /

adjective

capable of catching fire and burning; inflammable; flammable: Gasoline vapor is highly combustible.
easily excited: a high-strung, combustible nature.

noun

a combustible substance: Trucks carrying combustibles will not be allowed to use this tunnel.

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Origin of combustible

From the Late Latin word combūstibilis, dating back to 1520–30. See combust, -ible

OTHER WORDS FROM combustible

com·bus·ti·bil·i·ty, com·bus·ti·ble·ness, nouncom·bus·ti·bly, adverbun·com·bus·ti·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for combustible

combustible
/ (kəmˈbʌstəbəl) /

adjective

capable of igniting and burning
easily annoyed; excitable

noun

a combustible substance

Derived forms of combustible

combustibility or combustibleness, nouncombustibly, adverb
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Medical definitions for combustible

combustible
[ kəm-bŭstə-bəl ]

adj.

Capable of igniting and burning.

n.

A substance that ignites and burns readily.
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