What does combustion mean?

Definitions for combustion
kəmˈbʌs tʃəncom·bus·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. combustion, burningnoun

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

  2. combustionnoun

    a state of violent disturbance and excitement

    "combustion grew until revolt was unavoidable"

  3. burning, combustionnoun

    the act of burning something

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

Wiktionary

  1. combustionnoun

    The act or process of burning.

    Etymology: 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").

  2. combustionnoun

    A process where two chemicals are combined to produce heat.

    Etymology: 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").

  3. combustionnoun

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

    Etymology: 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").

  4. combustionnoun

    Violent agitation, tumult.

    Etymology: 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. Combustionnoun

    the state of burning

    Etymology: [L. combustio: cf. F. combustion.]

  2. Combustionnoun

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

    Etymology: [L. combustio: cf. F. combustion.]

  3. Combustionnoun

    violent agitation; confusion; tumult

    Etymology: [L. combustio: cf. F. combustion.]

Freebase

  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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. combustion

    Burning, &c. (See SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION.)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. combustion

    The phenomena attending intense chemical actions which are accompanied by heat and light. Usually restricted to the burning of bodies by their union with oxygen. It is difficult to draw the line where combustion ends and explosion begins.

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Numerology

  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

Examples of combustion in a Sentence

  1. Nathan Phillips:

    If you smell it, it’s already a potentially dangerous situation and even ringing a doorbell or making a cell phone call or any small spark in an environment that has gas you can smell can lead to combustion, you get everyone out of the house first, and then you make the phone call after you’re outside your house.

  2. Gavin Newsom:

    Every single one of these companies knows where the consumer is going and where the world is going ... the elimination of the internal combustion engine.

  3. 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.

  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. Reggie Leach:

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

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