What does combustion mean?

Definitions for combustionkəmˈbʌs tʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word combustion.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. combustion, burning(noun)

    a process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give heat and light

  2. combustion(noun)

    a state of violent disturbance and excitement

    "combustion grew until revolt was unavoidable"

  3. burning, combustion(noun)

    the act of burning something

    "the burning of leaves was prohibited by a town ordinance"


  1. combustion(Noun)

    The act or process of burning.

  2. combustion(Noun)

    A process where two chemicals are combined to produce heat.

  3. combustion(Noun)

    A process wherein a fuel is combined with oxygen, usually at high temperature, releasing heat.

  4. combustion(Noun)

    Violent agitation, tumult.

  5. Origin: From combustion, from comburere "to burn", itself from the intensifying prefix com- + the root burere (a faulty sep. of amburere "to burn around", itself from ambi- + urere "to burn, singe").

Webster Dictionary

  1. Combustion(noun)

    the state of burning

  2. Combustion(noun)

    the combination of a combustible with a supporter of combustion, producing heat, and sometimes both light and heat

  3. Combustion(noun)

    violent agitation; confusion; tumult

  4. Origin: [L. combustio: cf. F. combustion.]


  1. Combustion

    Combustion or burning is the sequence of exothermic chemical reactions between a fuel and an oxidant accompanied by the production of heat and conversion of chemical species. The release of heat can produce light in the form of either glowing or a flame. Fuels of interest often include organic compounds in the gas, liquid or solid phase. In a complete combustion reaction, a compound reacts with an oxidizing element, such as oxygen or fluorine, and the products are compounds of each element in the fuel with the oxidizing element. For example: A simple example can be seen in the combustion of hydrogen and oxygen, which is a commonly used reaction in rocket engines: The result is water vapor. Complete combustion is almost impossible to achieve. As actual combustion reactions come to equilibrium, a wide variety of major and minor species will be present such as carbon monoxide and pure carbon. Additionally, any combustion in atmospheric air, which is 78 percent nitrogen, will also create small amounts of several forms of nitrogen oxide, commonly referred to as NOx, at high temperatures.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of combustion in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of combustion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Micheal Austin:

    Internal combustion autos are dead, petroleum is a finite fuel source.

  2. Jack Nerad:

    I think there’s more to squeeze out of the internal combustion engine.

  3. Reggie Leach:

    Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.

  4. Dorothy Parker:

    I went to a convent in New York and was fired finally for my insistence that the Immaculate Conception was spontaneous combustion.

  5. Jiang Dalong:

    China is going to be the world’s biggest market for electric cars, china has no choice. They have to wean themselves from conventional gasoline combustion cars.

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