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combustion


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Combustion  \Com*bus"tion\  (?;  106),  n.  [L.  combustio:  cf  F. 
  combustion.] 
  1.  The  state  of  burning. 
 
  2.  (Chem.)  The  combination  of  a  combustible  with  a  supporter 
  of  combustion,  producing  heat,  and  sometimes  both  light 
  and  heat. 
 
  Combustion  results  in  common  cases  from  the  mutual 
  chemical  action  and  reaction  of  the  combustible  and 
  the  oxygen  of  the  atmosphere,  whereby  a  new  compound 
  is  formed.  --Ure. 
 
  {Supporter  of  combustion}  (Chem.),  a  gas,  as  oxygen,  the 
  combination  of  which  with  a  combustible,  as  coal, 
  constitutes  combustion. 
 
  3.  Violent  agitation;  confusion;  tumult.  [Obs.] 
 
  There  [were]  great  combustions  and  divisions  among 
  the  heads  of  the  university.  --Mede. 
 
  But  say  from  whence  this  new  combustion  springs. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  combustion 
  n  1:  a  process  in  which  a  substance  reacts  with  oxygen  to  give 
  heat  and  light  [syn:  {burning}] 
  2:  the  act  of  burning  something  "the  burning  of  leaves  was 
  prohibited  by  a  town  ordinance"  [syn:  {burning}] 




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