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Princeton's WordNet

  1. burn, combust(verb)

    cause to burn or combust

    "The sun burned off the fog"; "We combust coal and other fossil fuels"

  2. erupt, ignite, catch fire, take fire, combust, conflagrate(verb)

    start to burn or burst into flames

    "Marsh gases ignited suddenly"; "The oily rags combusted spontaneously"

  3. flip one's lid, blow up, throw a fit, hit the roof, hit the ceiling, have kittens, have a fit, combust, blow one's stack, fly off the handle, flip one's wig, lose one's temper, blow a fuse, go ballistic(verb)

    get very angry and fly into a rage

    "The professor combusted when the student didn't know the answer to a very elementary question"; "Spam makes me go ballistic"

  4. combust(verb)

    cause to become violent or angry

    "Riots combusted Pakistan after the U.S. air attacks on Afghanistan"

  5. burn, combust(verb)

    undergo combustion

    "Maple wood burns well"


  1. combust(Verb)

    To burn; to catch fire.

  2. combust(Adjective)


  3. combust(Adjective)

    In close conjunction with the sun (so that its astrological influence is "burnt up"), sometimes specified to be within 8 degrees 30'.

  4. Origin: From combūstus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Combust(adj)

    burnt; consumed

  2. Combust(adj)

    so near the sun as to be obscured or eclipsed by his light, as the moon or planets when not more than eight degrees and a half from the sun

  3. Origin: [L. combustus, p. p. of comburere to burn up; com- + burere (only in comp.), of uncertain origin; cf. bustum funeral pyre, prurire to itch, pruna a live coal, Gr. pyrso`s firebrand, Skr. plush to burn.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Combust

    kom-bust′, adj. burned by the sun: in conjunction with the sun, or apparently very near it, so as to be obscured by its light, said of a planet when it is not more than 8½° from the sun.—n. that which is burned.—v.t. to burn up.—adj. Combust′ible, liable to take fire and burn: excitable.—n. anything that will take fire and burn.—ns. Combust′ibleness, Combustibil′ity, quality of being combustible; Combus′tion, a burning: the action of fire on combustible substances: confusion, turmoil: the scientific term for all kinds of consumption through the influence of heat.—adjs. Combust′ious (Shak.), combustible, inflammable: turbulent; Combust′ive, disposed to take fire.—Spontaneous combustion, burning caused by heat generated in the substance itself. [L. comburĕre, combustum, to consume—com, inten., urĕre, to burn.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of combust in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of combust in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of combust in a Sentence

  1. Tony Radoszewski:

    Somebody had to start a fire. It doesn't combust by itself -- it needs fuel, someone had to do it. It's not like someone would have dropped a match and it started.

Images & Illustrations of combust

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