Origin of flammableClassical Latin flammare, to flame + -able
Gasoline is very flammable.
Lighter fluid is an example of something flammable.
Origin of flammableFrom Latin flammāre to set fire to from flamma flame ; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: Inflammable means “combustible,” and has the same meaning as the word flammable. How is this possible? The prefix in- here is not the Latin negative prefix in- (which is related to the English un- and appears in words such as indecent and inglorious ) but is derived from the Latin preposition in, “in.” This prefix also appears in the word inflame. However, some people mistakenly think that inflammable means “not flammable.” Therefore, for clarity's sake, it is safest to avoid inflammable altogether and use flammable instead.
(comparative more flammable, superlative most flammable)
- Any flammable substance.
- Hot material hazards of remodeling include welding equipment, flammable materials, burning chemicals and using the correct electrical safety tips at home.
- Additionally, windy conditions add an element of danger to open fire cooking, as sparks can blow away to an area where there are flammable objects and cause dangerous and damaging fires.
- In addition, gas-fueled heaters provide heat by flame, and in a location where gasoline and other flammable substances are stored, they can pose a serious fire risk.
- Infrared space heaters, or at least portable models, do not use gases or flammable liquids to generate the heat they produce, so they do not emit fumes or harmful emissions into the atmosphere, which can make them greener heating solutions.
- Infrared portable heaters are unlike other types of space heaters because they don't use flammable fuels like kerosene or dangerous electric resistance coils.