- rapid oxidation accompanied by heat and, usually, light.
- chemical combination attended by production of heat and light.
- slow oxidation not accompanied by high temperature and light.
Origin of combustion
Related Words for combustionignition, turmoil, disturbance, agitation, tumult, kindling, flaming, oxidization, candescence, thermogenesis
Examples from the Web for combustion
Contemporary Examples of combustion
Boeing claims to have eliminated the risk of combustion, but not ignition.
If combustion occurs within a battery, says Boeing, it would be snuffed out in a microsecond for lack of oxygen.
It was “vaporized electrolyte which looks like smoke but is not the result of combustion.”
Starting a fire requires two things: Ignition and combustion.
Historical Examples of combustion
This light is produced by the combustion of the carbon of which the electrodes are composed.Electricity for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
The combustion with CrO3 is then proceeded with in the ordinary way.Researches on Cellulose
C. F. Cross
The chemical action of the sun's rays is detrimental to combustion.
The sun is not burning, and combustion is not the source of its heat.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)
J. Arthur Thomson
The combustion of the hydrogen is, of course, due to its union with oxygen.An Elementary Study of Chemistry
Word Origin for combustion
early 15c., from Old French combustion (13c.), from Latin combustionem (nominative combustio) "a burning," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin comburere "to burn up, consume," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + *burere, faulty separation of amburere "to burn around," actually ambi-urere, from urere "to burn, singe," from PIE root *eus- "to burn" (see ember).