verb (used with or without object), def·la·grat·ed, def·la·grat·ing.

to burn, especially suddenly and violently.

Nearby words

  1. definitive,
  2. definitive host,
  3. definitive plumage,
  4. definitize,
  5. definitude,
  6. deflagration,
  7. deflate,
  8. deflation,
  9. deflationary,
  10. deflationary gap

Origin of deflagrate

1720–30; < Latin dēflagrātus (past participle of dēflagrāre to burn down), equivalent to dē- de- + flagr(āre) to burn + -ātus -ate1

Related formsdef·la·gra·ble, adjectivedef·la·gra·bil·i·ty, noundef·la·gra·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for deflagration



to burn or cause to burn with great heat and light
Derived Formsdeflagration, noun

Word Origin for deflagrate

C18: from Latin dēflagrāre, from de- + flagrāre to burn

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Word Origin and History for deflagration



c.1600, from Latin deflagrationem (nominative deflagratio) "a burning up, conflagration," noun of action from past participle stem of deflagrare, from de- (see de-) + flagrare (see flagrant).

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