combust

Definitions

  • Direct electricity generation by combustion
    Direct electricity generation by combustion
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v combust undergo combustion "Maple wood burns well"
    • v combust cause to become violent or angry "Riots combusted Pakistan after the U.S. air attacks on Afghanistan"
    • v combust get very angry and fly into a rage "The professor combusted when the student didn't know the answer to a very elementary question","Spam makes me go ballistic"
    • v combust start to burn or burst into flames "Marsh gases ignited suddenly","The oily rags combusted spontaneously"
    • v combust cause to burn or combust "The sun burned off the fog","We combust coal and other fossil fuels"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Combust Burnt; consumed.
    • Combust (Astron) So near the sun as to be obscured or eclipsed by his light, as the moon or planets when not more than eight degrees and a half from the sun. "Planets that are oft combust ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • combust Burnt.
    • combust Hence In astronomy, so near the sun as to be obscured by it, or not more than 8½° from it.
    • combust To inflame with excitement and agitation.
    • combust To burn up or consume with fire.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Combust kom-bust′ burned by the sun: in conjunction with the sun, or apparently very near it, so as to be obscured by its light, said of a planet when it is not more than 8½° from the sun
    • n Combust that which is burned
    • v.t Combust to burn up
    • n Combust anything that will take fire and burn
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Quotations

  • Reggie Leach
    Reggie Leach
    “Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion, you must set yourself on fire first.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose%20Bierce
    “Patriotism. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. combustus, p. p. of comburere, to burn up; com-, + burere,only in comp.), of uncertain origin; cf. bustum, funeral pyre, prurire, to itch, pruna, a live coal, Gr. pyrso`s firebrand, Skr. plush, to burn

Usage

In literature:

The sun is not burning, and combustion is not the source of its heat.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
It will explode because the mixture contains the necessary amount of oxygen for its own combustion.
"Artillery Through the Ages" by Albert Manucy
When open, they admit the entrance of air, increase the draught, and facilitate combustion.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
This internal combustion is going on at all times, and is only more violent at some period than at others.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island" by Roger Thompson Finlay
Fire may be accompanied by combustion, but combustion is not necessarily accompanied by fire.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
The malting of corn is the first stage of vegetation, low combustion, and fermentation.
"The American Practical Brewer and Tanner" by Joseph Coppinger
Almost as if the air in the ship were combustible.
"The Black Star Passes" by John W Campbell
Thus oxide of sulphur is the product of the combustion of sulphur; oxide of iron is the product of the combustion of iron.
"An Elementary Study of Chemistry" by William McPherson
Our power is obtained by the combustion of gases in highly efficient turbines.
"Spacehounds of IPC" by Edward Elmer Smith
Combustible sweepings or straw, saturated with oil, may be used for this purpose.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
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In poetry:

So aloof, so meek in your ways,
Now you're fire, you're pure combustion.
Only let me lock up your beauty
Deep, deep down in a poem's dungeon.
"Without A Title" by Boris Pasternak
The cat sitting down by the kitchen fire,
Chewed up the fender and did expire;
And a fly on the ceiling - the case is the worst 'un -
Blew itself up with spontaneous combustion.
"A Norrible Tale" by Anonymous British
Well, Ma was mighty glad to get that worry off her mind,
And hefting up the bucket so combustibly inclined,
She hurried down the garden to that refuge so discreet,
And dumped the liquid menace safely through the centre seat.
"The Three Bares" by Robert W Service
He talked and talked like one possessed as on the madness ran;
Such folly surely never gripped the mind of any man:
"Ignition this", "combustion that" – I never heard the likes,
You’d think the world was spinning round on works of motor-bikes.
"My Curate's Motor Bike" by John O Brien

In news:

A Beginner's Guide to Optimizing Combustion of Fuels.
This guide discusses how best to optimize combustion efficiency in any application using combustion plant.
Combustion optimization in some form or other has become an absolute necessity for all combustion processes.
Dozens of Firefighters Battle Combustion Fire Behind N.Y. December 7, 2010 Comments.
A huge combustion fire at a self-storage facility in Cutchogue, N.Y. Monday took several hours and dozens of firefighters to put out the blaze.
Fun with Two Forms of Internal Combustion .
"It was spontaneous combustion ," said Utica Fire Capt.
Metso said that it has joined forces with Finnish power company Fortum to explore oxyfuel combustion technology, which is part of a technical concept that enables carbon capture in power and heat generation.
Lenox Instrument's portable FireSight® Diagnostic System provides efficient, real-time, color inspection of combustion and process control in boilers, furnaces, kilns and incinerators.
Spontaneous combustion sparked a July 10 fire here at ARAMARK Uniform Services that caused an estimated $1 million in damage to the large, one-story, metal-frame building, according to Mobile fire investigators.
Advanced AC Lift-Truck Motors Offer Powerful Alternative to Internal- Combustion Models.
Discreet's combustion 3 for Microsoft Windows is now shipping.
Working Group on Public Health and Fossil-Fuel Combustion .
Additional Combustion Safety Testing Options Proposed for ASHRAE Residential IAQ Standard.
Spontaneous combustion caused barn fire.
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In science:

For example, the fundamental combustion reaction H + O2 → OH + O can be studied in the quantum regime .
Stopping Supersonic Beams with an Atomic Coilgun
As he pointed out, the energy release happens combustively.
Cosmic Matter under Extreme Conditions: CSQCD II Summary
Hybrid cars can be used in very much the same way as conventional cars with combustion engines only.
Informal Control code logic
But electric cars (without combustion engine) are a wholly different matter.
Informal Control code logic
Our ultimate aim is the modeling of the flow in a rocket combustion chamber.
Verification, Validation and Testing of Kinetic Mechanisms of Hydrogen Combustion in Fluid Dynamic Computations
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