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  • internal combustion engine
  • Fire codes are strict because of the danger of spontaneous combustion of the ingredients.
  • combustion grew until revolt was unavoidable
  • Lindsay’s so outraged she’s not even paying attention as we pass Hunan Kitchen: she’s too busy glaring at me like she expects me to suddenly turn blue or combust, like I can never be trusted again.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall

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  • It’s the best acting performance of his life, because his heart is racing and there’s so much adrenaline flooding his blood, he’s afraid he’ll spontaneously combust.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • His clothes were so hot against his skin, they felt as if they might combust at any second even though they were drenched in sweat.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Ginger Solomon, her best friend who was also Jamaican, was like the yang to Natalie’s yin: antic, combustible, and loud.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Soon enough the fire is burning fiercely with the sheaves of papers, as too much goes in at once, the flames nearly dying out from the smothering; but then in a combustive rush they begin leaping up and out, to lick the underside of the marble mantel.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I am wearing a highly combustible suit made mostly of natural fibers soaked in oils, some of which are slow burning, some of which are not.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • She thought timing belts hadn’t been used since internal combustion had become obsolete.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder

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  • I didn’t want to self-combust, so I stuck with mortal first-aid supplies.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • On the day the fire started, over 55 miles of pine-block streets and 600 miles of wooden sidewalks bound the 23,000 acres of the city in a highly combustible knot.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • The emphasis was on cooperation and ingenuity, and it proved to be a combustible mix.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • The shot went off from his gun with a combustion of light and little sound.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • My jangled nerves together with the sight of these incapacitated angels and the smell of faulty combustion leaking up from the engine—all merged into a phantasm of aching anxiety.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • They’d found it worked on Nico better than nectar, helping to cleanse the fatigue and darkness from his system with less danger of spontaneous combustion.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • He grabbed my arms, and I found the combustion had spread to his hands as well.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Trains heading into Mexico City stop first in Lecheraa to leave any cars with combustible contents.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • When Chuck offered up that maybe they were just exploring and having some fun, Newt had given him a stare so harsh Thomas thought Chuck might spontaneously combust.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • He was still a machine and they knew that it was a machine more dangerous than ever: a car running downhill, without combustion or brakes.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It seems to me we ought to put some kind of combustible glue in it so it can be shaped.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Before him rose a grotesque mass of rocks, that resembled nothing so much as a vast fire petrified at the moment of its most fervent combustion.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • His hands are in my hair, and my heart is about to combust.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • In danger of spontaneous combustion.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • I catch my breath and fight back tears, staring Camel straight in the eyes even as my lungs threaten to combust.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • The straw seats of the car hovered on the edge of combustion; the woman next to me perspired delicately for a while into her white shirtwaist, and then, as her newspaper dampened under her fingers, lapsed despairingly into deep heat with a desolate cry.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • The fire was doomed, having consumed everything that was combustible; my heart galloped toward its last beat.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Each person has to discover what will set off those explosions in order to live, since the combustion that occurs when one of them is ignited is what nourishes the soul.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • It contains an extremely combustible substance called antimatter.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • "Spontaneous combustion is a form of harm, Mr. D," Chiron put in.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • My dear sister does not happen to be a human being, but just an internal combustion engine, so one must not wonder at her success.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Whatever is combustible flashes into flame at its touch, lead runs like water, it softens iron, cracks and melts glass, and when it falls upon water, incontinently that explodes into steam.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Protecting you from combustion.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • All in that region was fire and commotion; the soup and fish were in the last stage of projection, and the cook hung over her crucibles in a frame of mind and body threatening spontaneous combustion.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • According to Liebig, man’s body is a stove, and food the fuel which keeps up the internal combustion in the lungs.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • The cylinders bore the letters LH, the number 2, and the universal symbol for combustible.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • A danger of combustion there.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Ever since the violent partition that pulled India and Pakistan apart, Kashmir had been combustible.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Spontaneous combustion.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • An accident on a staircase, spontaneous combustion of a shopkeeper from alcohol, a fire in Peski…. a fire in the Petersburg quarter…. another fire in the Petersburg quarter…. and another fire in the Petersburg quarter….
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • The better to effectuate my design, I procured a Tartar’s sheep-skin robe, a bonnet, with bow and arrows, and every one of us got the like habits, the first night we spent in mixing combustible matter with aqua vitae, gunpowder, &c. having a good quantity of tar in a little pot: next night we came up to the idol about eleven o’clock, the moon being up.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • This resin was dry and wax-like: easily combustible; nature’s ready-made firelighter.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • Know the principles of a internal combustion engine?
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • For this is the country where the age of the internal combustion engine has come into its own.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • The night has been unruly: where we lay, Our chimneys were blown down: and, as they say, Lamentings heard i’ the air, strange screams of death; And prophesying, with accents terrible, Of dire combustion and confus’d events, New hatch’d to the woeful time: the obscure bird Clamour’d the live-long night; some say the earth Was feverous, and did shake.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • Reasonable discontent growing out of practical grievances in the fleet had been ignited into irrational combustion, as by live cinders blown across the Channel from France in flames.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • It had been used, apparently, in remote feudal times, for the worst purposes of a donjon-keep, and, in later days, as a place of deposit for powder, or some other highly combustible substance, as a portion of its floor, and the whole interior of a long archway through which we reached it, were carefully sheathed with copper.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Just now heaps of dead weeds and refuse were burning on many of the plots, the dry weather favouring their combustion.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Him the Almighty Power Hurled headlong flaming from th’ ethereal sky, With hideous ruin and combustion, down To bottomless perdition, there to dwell In adamantine chains and penal fire, Who durst defy th’ Omnipotent to arms.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Wisps of cigarette smoke hovered above her head, as though she were about to spontaneously combust.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
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