combustion

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From Old French 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").

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combustion (plural combustions)

  1. (chemistry) The act or process of burning.
  2. A process where two chemicals are combined to produce heat.
  3. A process wherein a fuel is combined with oxygen, usually at high temperature, releasing heat.
  4. (figuratively) Violent agitation, tumult.
    • Mede
      There [were] great combustions and divisions among the heads of the university.
    • Dryden
      But say from whence this new combustion springs.

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French combustion, from Latin combustio, 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").

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combustion f (plural combustions)

  1. combustion, burning, incineration

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