the act or process of burning.
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.
violent excitement; tumult.
- com·bus·tive, adjective
- non·com·bus·tion, noun
- non·com·bus·tive, adjective
- pre·com·bus·tion, noun
- self-com·bus·tion, noun
- un·com·bus·tive, adjective
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How to use combustion in a sentence
In Shanghai, it costs $13,000 for a license plate for a vehicle with a combustion engine whereas it’s free for an EV, thereby “creating a huge economic incentive and making the use of electric vehicles a no brainer,” Jato said.The electric car market is buzzing with Europe and China taking the lead | Bernhard Warner | October 13, 2020 | Fortune
To do so means reducing the environmental impact of the entire car industry, and Porsche sees eFuels as a way to reduce the environmental impact of current and future internal combustion vehicles.Porsche is researching synthetic fuels to make gas-powered cars sustainable | Matt Burns | October 9, 2020 | TechCrunch
This includes all fossil fuel combustion for generating electricity, heating buildings, industrial processes, and transportation.Last year’s US emissions went down after 2018 uptick | Scott K. Johnson | October 2, 2020 | Ars Technica
They run on hydrogen combustion using modified gas-turbine engines, and the only byproduct is water.Airbus Just Unveiled Three New Zero-Emission Concept Aircraft | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | September 23, 2020 | Singularity Hub
It added that it would in the coming months consider the crucial question of when cars with internal combustion engines will need to be banned from the market.Can emissions cuts and economic growth coexist? Europe is certain they can | David Meyer | September 17, 2020 | Fortune
Gas-powered internal combustion engines were pretty much the only way to move a car from one place to another.
In attempting to compete against the internal combustion engine, Tesla may have to do something similar.Tesla’s Radical Patent Move is a Plot to Take Over the Road | Daniel Gross | June 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.”
Aconite … night boat … sea sick … emetics … exhaustion … stimulants … hard drinking … spontaneous combustion … animal charcoal.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
Spontaneous combustion is the burning of a substance or body by the internal development of heat without the application of fire.The Wonder Book of Knowledge | Various
It should be steady, and it should not give out great heat nor injurious products of combustion.Essays In Pastoral Medicine | Austin Malley
If he doesn't attend to it we shall have a case of spontaneous combustion to record; and we want to avoid that if possible.Our Churches and Chapels | Atticus
The error was, non-observation of an important portion of the actual residue, namely, the gaseous products of combustion.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive | John Stuart Mill
British Dictionary definitions for combustion
the process of burning
any process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to produce a significant rise in temperature and the emission of light
a chemical process in which two compounds, such as sodium and chlorine, react together to produce heat and light
a process in which a compound reacts slowly with oxygen to produce little heat and no light
- combustive, noun, adjective
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Scientific definitions for combustion
The process of burning.
A chemical change, especially through the rapid combination of a substance with oxygen, producing heat and, usually, light. See also spontaneous combustion.
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Cultural definitions for combustion
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