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Definition the act of burning

or metaphorically:

a state of violent disturbance and excitement
  • Increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is produced by combustion of fossil fuels, coal, and natural gas.
combustion = burning
  • Unlike electric cars, gasoline-powered cars have an internal combustion engine that burns gasoline.
  • combustion = burning (of fuel)
  • There is a danger of spontaneous combustion of these ingredients.
  • combustion = burning
  • combustion grew until revolt was unavoidable
  • The can of tear gas sails toward us from the cops. It lands beside the patrol car. I jump off and pick up the can. Smoke whizzes out the end of it. Any second it'll combust.
    Angie Thomas  --  The Hate U Give
  • combust = start to burn
  • If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him.... Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of non-combustible data...
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • combustible = burnable
  • 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
  • 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
  • "Drilling troops and giving classes on the internal combustion engine to all the local savants," said Sam.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • As dusk fell over the square and city outside the tall windows, the only lights were a few streetlamps of gas or some more primitive combustible.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The shot went off from his gun with a combustion of light and little sound.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Yet given all that Jefferson was doing, and the combustible atmosphere of the moment, Adams's rancorous comments were remarkably few and mild.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • He gripped the mug with both hands, talked about the noise of the conflagration, the air-fed wallop of combustion, like a ramjet thrusting.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • When I burn this combustible to produce sodium, the smoke escaping from the mountain's crater gives it the appearance of a still–active volcano."
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • But not spontaneously combust.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • The steady combustion was such that if nature had had a fire-tender, the fire-tender might have been sitting with his feet up, marveling at the flame.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • The light combustible kindled at the flash.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Ever since the violent partition that pulled India and Pakistan apart, Kashmir had been combustible.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Know the principles of a internal combustion engine?
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • But combine it with Miles's tendency to arrest the Timsons first and figure the rest out later, and it became a combustible mix.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road

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