- 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
Examples from the Web for 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.
All gas heaters must be connected with a flue to carry off the products of combustion.Elements of Plumbing|Samuel Dibble
We only find rest in effort, as the flame only finds existence in combustion.Amiel's Journal|Henri-Frdric Amiel
Altogether, he considers it a good sign that the combustion has not betrayed itself by some external issue of smoke.The Survivors of the Chancellor|Jules Verne
The heat of the body is likewise due to combustion, and must be kept up by proper fuel, like the fires in our stoves and furnaces.
The oxide of tin is placed in a porcelain boat (fig. 58), which is then introduced into a piece of combustion tube.A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.|Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer