• WordNet 3.6
    • n deflagration combustion that propagates through a gas or along the surface of an explosive at a rapid rate driven by the transfer of heat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Deflagration A burning up; conflagration. "Innumerable deluges and deflagrations ."
    • Deflagration (Chem) The act or process of deflagrating.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n deflagration A kindling or setting on fire; burning; combustion.
    • n deflagration Specifically— Oxidation by the rapid combustion of a substance, attended with an extremely sudden evolution of flame and vapor. It is accomplished by mixing the substance with potassium chlorate or nitrate (niter), and projecting the mixture in small portions at a time into a red-hot crucible.
    • n deflagration The rapid combustion of metals by the electric spark.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. deflagratio,: cf. F. déflagration,


In literature:

Ten millions for the only deflagrator that can provoke its explosion!
"Facing the Flag" by Jules Verne
It was during this period of deflagration and dry rot that the Eastern owners of the railroad lost heart.
"The Taming of Red Butte Western" by Francis Lynde
The salts containing nitric acid deflagrate when heated on charcoal.
"A System of Instruction in the Practical Use of the Blowpipe" by Anonymous
It was the native nitre of the country on which they were occupied, and the test was its deflagration.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 363, January, 1846" by Various
By this we find that, during the above deflagration, 2 gros 1-1/3 gr.
"Elements of Chemistry," by Antoine Lavoisier
It deflagrates at 145 deg., and forms a characteristic cuprammonium salt.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3" by Various

In news:

0The ATEX quick sliding valve uses gas generators to close the valve if a deflagration is detected as provided with most new systems.