Variant of combustion
- the act or process of burning
- rapid oxidation accompanied by heat and, usually, light, as with magnesium
- slow oxidation accompanied by relatively little heat and no light, as with a carbohydrate
- violent excitement or agitation; tumult
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French ; from Late Latin combustio ; from Classical Latin combustus, past participle of comburere (for an unverified form com-urere), to burn ; from com-, intensive plush an unverified form burere (by faulty separation of amburere, to burn around ; from ambi-, ambi- plush urere, to burn, singe): see ember
- combustive adjective
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