Adjective "combustible" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Able to catch fire and burn easily.
  1. 'Fire can do nothing but burn, but it does burn if there is something combustible, if this fuel is close enough to the fire, and if nobody throws water on.'
  2. 'If the materials are combustible, the fire protection system will be designed differently than for a noncombustible building.'
  3. 'The ministry circulated a press release - shunning the hesitation and obscurity that usually takes it a lot longer to respond - saying the man was hurt in an explosion generated by combustible trash he kept in his house.'
  4. 'Keep combustible liquids such as paint thinner, kerosene, charcoal lighter fluid, and turpentine away from heat sources.'
  5. 'But don't worry - you won't be receiving anything spontaneously combustible or explosive.'
  6. 'He also devised portable hydrogen-gas generators that combined sulfuric acid and iron shavings to produce combustible gas.'
  7. 'A fire brigade spokesman said that a high density of flammable gas released by combustible shoemaking materials and poor ventilation in the workshop probably was to blame for the blaze.'
  8. 'She is unhappy that the paintings were stored on an industrial estate alongside combustible gas canisters, and that there was no security guard employed.'
  9. 'When exposed to a fire, the chemicals react with the combustible gasses normally produced by untreated wood as it burns, converting them to carbon char, carbon dioxide and water.'
  10. 'There were still 300 tons of combustible materials and there have been frequent fires giving off fumes that affect local residents and people working nearby.'
  11. 'a volatile and combustible personality'
  12. 'In a society seeking moral footing after 50 years of totalitarian rot, he found these public manners personally appalling and potentially combustible.'
  13. 'His combustible persona waxed hot against those he saw as enemies of righteousness and justice, attracting true believers to its incandescence.'


A combustible substance.
  1. 'Keep furnaces and gas water heaters clear of piled-up boxes or any other combustibles.'
  2. 'Several involve body-shaped depressions in the earth that are filled with fabric or other combustibles, set afire and left as an imprint of ash.'
  3. 'As the mortar joints erode, heat transfers more rapidly to the nearby combustibles and dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide can leak into the living areas of the home.'
  4. '‘The way it was contained in a hallway, which normally would have no combustibles in it at all, makes it highly suspicious,’ he said.'
  5. 'Fearing for the safety of nearby combustibles, I whipped the pan off the stove (blistering my thumb in the process) and was overwhelmed with thunderous applause.'
  6. 'I had a look at the company's website and they were storing a veritable cornucopia of combustibles in that place including naptha, a substance used in dry cleaning.'
  7. '‘We say as a rule of thumb keep all combustibles a metre from the heater,’ Chris said.'
  8. 'The practise is a success when the right combustibles meet the right materials.'
  9. 'Pegged rate systems are great for fueling crises, like oily combustibles lying around in a garage; a small flame can start a great fire and take down a house.'
  10. 'The fire service advises keeping candles away from decorations and other combustibles and warn alcohol can increase the chance of making a mistake, so think twice before doing anything that can cause a fire.'


1. capable of catching fire and burning; inflammable; flammable: Gasoline vapor is highly combustible.

2. easily excited: a high-strung, combustible nature. noun

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

More examples(as adjective)

"materials can be combustible."

"fuels can be combustible."

"gases can be combustible."

"situations can be combustible."

"proposals can be combustible."

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Early 16th century: from Old French, from late Latin combustibilis, from Latin combust- ‘burnt up’, from the verb comburere.