American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Easily ignited and capable of burning rapidly; flammable. See Usage Note at flammable.
- adj. Quickly or easily aroused to strong emotion; excitable.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Capable of being set on fire; susceptible of combustion; easily fired.
- Easily excited or inflamed; highly excitable.
- adj. Capable of burning; easily set on fire.
- adj. figuratively Easily excited; set off by the slightest excuse; easily enraged or inflamed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Capable of being easily set fire; easily enkindled; combustible.
- adj. Excitable; irritable; irascible; easily provoked.
- adj. easily ignited
- From Latin as if *inflammabilis, from inflammare ("to set on fire"), from in ("in, on") + flamma ("flame"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, liable to inflammation, from Medieval Latin īnflammābilis, from Latin īnflammāre, to inflame; see inflame. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Robert Boyle had before 1671 dissolved iron in dilute hydrochloric acid and prepared what he described as the inflammable solution of Mars [Iron].”
“Up until about 30 years ago flammable substances were often described as inflammable (as in the word 'inflame') but this was dangerous as sometimes people thought that inflammable meant”
“But the fact is that the generation of these windy flames, or fiery winds as they may be called, arises from a conflict of two bodies of exactly opposite natures; the one being highly inflammable, which is the nature of sulphur, the other abhorring flame, as the crude spirit in niter.”
“Ralph Touchett had praised his cousin for being morally inflammable, that is for being quick to take a hint that was meant as good advice.”
“Cavendish, made in 1766, that hydrogen gas, called inflammable air, is at least seven times lighter than atmospheric air.”
“Mr. Cavendish has shewn that the gas called inflammable air, is at least ten times lighter than common air;”
“I'm also nonplussed by "inflammable" and "flammable" which mean the same thing but look like they mean the opposite.”
“I believe he points out elsewhere in the book that airlines are the very same people who believe us too witless to understand "inflammable".”
“It was then, and is now, a place where the houses stood very thick and close together: all round were warehouses filled with oil, wine, tar, and every kind of inflammable stuff.”
“Aviation experts suspect Stack may have carried some kind of inflammable liquid in the plane, since the intensity of the explosion is inconsistent with the small amount of fuel such a plane could carry in its tank.”
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