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spon·ta·neous com·bus·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spontaneous combustionnoun

    ignition of a substance (as oily rags) resulting from an internal oxidation process


  1. spontaneous combustionnoun

    Combustion without an external source of heat.


  1. Spontaneous combustion

    Spontaneous combustion or spontaneous ignition is a type of combustion which occurs by self-heating (increase in temperature due to exothermic internal reactions), followed by thermal runaway (self heating which rapidly accelerates to high temperatures) and finally, autoignition.


  1. Spontaneous combustion

    Spontaneous combustion is a type of combustion which occurs by self heating, followed by thermal runaway and finally, ignition.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Spontaneous Combustion

    A circumstance where a substance or organism takes fire and burns without an exogenous source. Spontaneous human combustion differs from preternatural human combustibility in that in the latter, some spark or trivial flame sets the fire and the body tissues, which have a greatly enhanced inflammability, continue to undergo incineration without any external heat source or combustible materials. (Bergman NA. Spontaneous human combustion: its role in literature and science. Pharos 1988;Fall;51(4):18-21)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spontaneous combustion in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spontaneous combustion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of spontaneous combustion in a Sentence

  1. Dorothy Parker:

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

  2. Reggie Leach:

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

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    • A. howdah
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