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- n. The condition of being inflammable
- n. The extent to which something is inflammable
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being inflammable; susceptibility of taking fire: as, the inflammability of alcohol.
- n. Liability to sudden excitement; excitability; fieriness.
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- n. the quality of being easily ignited and burning rapidly
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The main properties of asbestos fibers that can be exploited in industrial applications are their thermal, electrical, and sound insulation; inflammability; matrix reinforcement (cement, plastic, and resins); adsorption capacity (filtration, liquid sterilization); wear and friction properties (friction materials); and chemical inertia (except in acids).
Joseph Priestley, the great Unitarian humanist and discoverer of oxygen, was wedded to a bogus theory of the chemistry of gasses wherein they burned into “phlogiston,” which he called a “principle of inflammability.”
He accordingly resolved to manufacture and employ pyroxyle, although it has some inconveniences, that is to say, a great inequality of effect, an excessive inflammability, since it takes fire at one hundred and seventy degrees instead of two hundred and forty, and lastly, an instantaneous deflagration which might damage the firearms.
Once, in the startling inflammability of his blood, his veins ran hot, and he smiled.
The same applies to furniture fittings with discharge lamps, if the inflammability of the respective piece of furniture is not known.
Lighting fittings bearing a furniture mark may be fitted on materials of normal or little inflammability.
-- Since calcium carbide is only useful as a means of preparing acetylene, it should be bought under a guarantee (1) that it contains less impurities than suffice to render the crude gas dangerous in respect of spontaneous inflammability, or objectionable in a manner to be explained later on, when consumed; and (2) that it is capable of evolving a fixed minimum quantity of acetylene when decomposed by water.
Caro has seen one specimen of (bad) carbide which gave a spontaneously inflammable gas although it contained only traces of phosphine; its inflammability being caused by 2.1 per cent. of hydrogen silicide.
No doubt the spontaneous inflammability was due to the exceptional richness of these lumps in phosphorus.
As manufactured at the present day, calcium carbide ordinarily never contains an amount of phosphide sufficient to render the gas dangerous on the score of spontaneous inflammability; but should inferior material ever be put on the markets, this danger might have to be guarded against by submitting the gas evolved from it to chemical analysis.
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