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Definition of the noun combustion

What does combustion mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: combustions

  1. a process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give heat and light
    • lexical domain: Natural Processes - nouns denoting natural processes
    • synonym of combustion: burning
    • more generic words: oxidation / oxidisation / oxidization = the process of oxidizing; the addition of oxygen to a compound with a loss of electrons
    • more specific terms:
      • deflagration = combustion that propagates through a gas or along the surface of an explosive at a rapid rate driven by the transfer of heat
      • flaming / flame / fire = the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke
      • internal combustion = the combustion of fuel inside a cylinder
  2. a state of violent disturbance and excitement
    • example: combustion grew until revolt was unavoidable
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: garboil / tumult / tumultuousness / uproar = a state of commotion and noise and confusion
  3. the act of burning something

Alternative definition of the noun combustion


  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.

Definition of the noun combustion for high school students

    the act or process of burning
    • example: The unexpected combustion of the prosecution's evidence forced the judge to dismiss the case against Ramirez.

The noun combustion is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


  1. "Combustion" is a 2013 action film directed by Daniel Calparsoro.
  2. "Combustion" is a 2004 adventure, action film written by Rick Drew and directed by Kelly Sandefur.
  3. "Combustion" is a 2011 animated short film written and directed by Renaud Hallée.


  1. "Combustion" is a book by Irvin Glassman.
  2. "Combustion" is a book by Lorri Neilsen Glenn.
    • genre: Poetry
  3. "Combustion" is a book by Jerzy Chomiak.
    • also known as "Combustion: a study in theory, fact, and application"


  1. "Combustion" is the ninth album by th eaggrotech duo Decoded Feedback, their seventh full-length CD, and the second released on Germany's Out of Line record label.
  2. "Combustion" is the second album by Dark Soho.
  3. "Combustion" is a composition.
  4. "Combustion" is a musical album of Honest Engine.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  5. "Combustion" is a composition.


Combustion is a record label.


  1. Combustion or burning is a high-temperature exothermic chemical reaction between a fuel and an oxidant, usually atmospheric oxygen, that produces oxidized, often gaseous products, in a mixture termed smoke. Combustion in a fire produces a flame, and the heat produced can make combustion self-sustaining. Combustion is often a complicated sequence of elementary radical reactions. Solid fuels, such as wood, first undergo endothermic pyrolysis to produce gaseous fuels whose combustion then supplies the heat required to produce them. Combustion is often hot enough that light in the form of either glowing or a flame is produced. A simple example can be seen in the combustion of hydrogen and oxygen into water vapor, a reaction commonly used to fuel rocket engines.
    • also known as Zgorevanje, Gorenje, 燃烧
  2. Combustion was a computer program for motion graphics, compositing and visual effects. It is commonly likened to Adobe's After Effects, and shares a timeline based interface with Autodesk Media and Entertainment's higher-end compositing systems Inferno, Flame and Flint. This is in contrast to the node based interface used by some other compositing applications.

Phrases with Combustion

Phrase starting with the word Combustion:

  1. Combustion chamber

Phrases ending with the word Combustion:

  1. Pre-Combustion
  2. internal combustion
  3. spontaneous combustion

Other phrases containing the word Combustion:

  1. external-combustion engine
  2. Internal combustion engine
  3. internal-combustion engine
  4. four-stroke internal-combustion engine

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Combustion

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Google previewInorganic Carbon Compounds—Advances in Research and Application: 2013 Edition (2013)


“According to another aspect of this invention, there is provided a method of recirculating carbon dioxide from a flow of gas through an arrangement comprising combustion means and a path for the flow of gas through the combustion means, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Science and Technology (2001)

by James S. Trefil

Combustion is an oxidation reaction that produces so much heat so rapidly that a flame or explosion results. Rapid Oxidation.

Incomplete combustion means the reaction has not occurred fully and results in the formation of carbon monoxide instead of carbon dioxide. Carbon...

Although combustion is a type of oxidation reaction, oxygen itself does not necessarily have to be involved. An oxidation ...

Google previewUllmann's Energy (2017)

Resources, Processes, Products by Wiley-VCH

Combustion is an ubiquitous technology. It is used in power generation,

Google previewCombustion Science and Engineering (2006)

by Kalyan Annamalai, Ishwar K. Puri

Combustion is the most common method of energy conversion currently used.

For many environmentalists combustion is an anathema, because it is the cause of global warming (through CO2 emission), smog (NOx and O3 generation), and ...

Google previewIntroduction to Biomass Energy Conversions (2013)

by Sergio Capareda

Combustion is the most efficient thermal conversion process for useful energy, such as for cooking, drying food products,

Combustion is a process of utilizing the carbon and hydrogen in biomass to generate carbon dioxide, water, and heat .

Google previewPrinciples of Engineering Thermodynamics, SI Edition (2015)

by John R. Reisel

Combustion is the highly irreversible, heat-releasing chemical reaction between a fuel and an oxidizer. The chemical reaction changes the composition of the fuel and oxidizer (the “reactants”), creating new chemical species (the “products”) in ...

Google previewWhat if Derrida was wrong about Saussure? (2011)

by Russell Daylight

Harman has gone as far as suggesting that Peircean semiotics attempts to encompass incompatible elements under a single general theory: Smoke means fire and the word combustion means fire, but not in the same sense of means.

Google previewAnnual Reviews of Computational Physics V (1997)

by Dietrich Stauffer

Background Combustion is an important physical process that is used in many practical applications to provide energy for...

Google previewMining Science and Technology (2004)

Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Mining Science and Technology, Xuzhou, China 20-22 October 2004 by Yuehan Wang, Shirong Ge, Guangli Guo

Jingcai Xu, Mangui Xu, Xinhai Zhang, Jun Deng & Xiaokun Chen AY 'an University of Science & Technology, Xi 'an, China ABSTRACT: Coal spontaneous combustion is a very complicated exothermic process influenced by many factors.

Google previewRaedings in Sciences ... in Natural Philosophy (1834)

CoMBustion is the general name for the fact of the appearance of light and heat, when substances are forming chemical combinations. When bodies combine at low temperatures, less than that at which light appears, there is not said to be any ...

Google previewFundamentals and Technology of Combustion (2002)

by F El-Mahallawy, S. E-Din Habik

Currently, combustion is a mature discipline and an integral element of diverse research and development programs from fundamental studies of the physics of flames and high-temperature molecular chemistry to applied engineering projects ...

Google previewSynthetics, Mineral Oils, and Bio-Based Lubricants (2013)

Chemistry and Technology, Second Edition by Leslie R. Rudnick

Combustion is a process that takes place involving “fuel,” an ignition source (heat ), and oxygen. The presence of all three “components” is necessary for the process to take place, but will occur. For example, the fuel mixture may be too dilute or ...

Google previewPrinciples of Engineering Thermodynamics (2015)

by John R. Reisel

Combustion is the highly irreversible, heat-releasing chemical reaction between a fuel and an oxidizer.

Combustion is a simple, compact process by which the chemical energy present in fuels can be released to perform some meaningful ...

Google previewHydraulic Fracturing Operations (2015)

Handbook of Environmental Management Practices by Nicholas P. Cheremisinoff, Anton Davletshin

Combustion is a chemical reaction, and specifically it is an oxidation reaction. Oxidation is defined as the chemical combination...

The very rapid oxidation of a substance is called combustion. There are three basic explanations that are used ...

Google previewIndustrial Gas Flaring Practices (2013)

by Nicholas P. Cheremisinoff

Combustion is a chemical reaction, and specifically it is an oxidation reaction. Oxidation is defined as the chemical combination...

The very rapid oxidation of a substance is called combustion. There are three basic explanations that are used ...

Google previewForest Fires (2001)

Behavior and Ecological Effects by Edward A. Johnson

Flaming combustion is the rapid oxidation of volatiles producing considerable visible radiation (see Chapter 2 in this book...

Google previewBiofuels (2008)

Securing the Planet’s Future Energy Needs by Ayhan Demirbas

Combustion is the oxidation of the fuel for the production of heat at elevated temperatures without generating commercially useful intermediate fuel gases, liquids, or solids. Combustion of MSW or other secondary materials is generally ...

Google previewInternational Dictionary of Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (2006)

by Rehva,

combustion medium 855 DA DE ES _1'11 MA NL PY S U SV DA DE E V) 1-1 MA NL PY SU combustion medium brœndsel brœndstof Brennmaterial n Brennstoff т medio comburente т comburant т comburente т tüzelóanyag ...

Google previewThe Visual Dictionary of Transportation - Transportation (2009)

by Ariane Archambault

four-stroke-cycle engine Combustion engine whose cycle (intake, compression, combustion, exhaust) requires two up-and-down movements of the piston. intake valve Part that opens to let the air/fuel mixture into the cylinder. connecting rod ...

Google previewDictionary of Space Technology (2013)

by Joseph Angelo

Thethermal energyreleased inthe chemical combustion reactions ...

Google previewHenley's Encyclopaedia of Practical Engineering and Allied Trades ... (1906)

Combustion (Lat. comburo, to burn or consume).-— Combustion means the chemical combination of substances accompanied by the evolution ...

Google previewEnvironmental Engineering Dictionary (2005)

by C. C. Lee

Combustion, however, is generally used more often in the area of fossil fuel burning for steam or power generation and incineration is used more often when referring to waste destruction.

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Self-Propagating High-Temperature Synthesis (2017)

History, Theory, Technology, and Products by Inna P. Borovinskaya, Alexander A. Gromov, Evgeny A. Levashov, Yuri M. Maksimov, Alexander S. Mukasyan, Alexander S. Rogachev

Maksimov Spin combustion can be described as follows: when a sample is ignited, a burning spot appears on its side wall and moves in a spiral by the unburnt part leaving a bright trace; the trace merges ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Soil Science (2006)

by R. Lal

dry and wet combustion analyses for total C and inorganic C separately and subtraction of the amount of inorganic C from the total C present; 2) dry and wet combustions for direct analysis of SOC after removal of inorganic ...

Google previewIllustrated Encyclopedia of Building Services (2013)

by David Kut

and maintain the combustion of a material. It can be theoretically calculated , based upon element molecular weight principles, which yield the following ...

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Small photo of EGR sensor of gasoline engine use for reverse exhuast to combustion again for reduce pollution from engine workSmall photo of An exhaust system is usually piping used to guide reaction exhaust gases away from a controlled combustion inside an engine or stoveSmall photo of Fire flames on black background. Fire is the oxidation of the material rapidly in the exothermic combustion process, which releases heat, light.Small photo of dipstick and oil cap of a car combustion engineSmall photo of Smoke background / Smoke is a collection of airborne solid and liquid particulates and gases emitted when a material undergoes combustionSmall photo of Cross section of an automobile combustion engineSmall photo of Fire flames on black background. Fire is the oxidation of the material rapidly in the exothermic combustion process, which releases heat, light. More...

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Quotes about Combustion

I went to a convent in New York and was fired finally for my insistence that the Immaculate Conception was spontaneous combustion. (Dorothy Parker)
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The value of this 10-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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