Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not inflammable; not capable of being inflamed or set on fire, in a literal or figurative sense.

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Examples

  • And as this continually occurred, so great an expenditure of breath involved a necessity for stimulating herself also with the contents of the keg, an operation at which the old lady was amazingly au fait; for she took such hearty swigs as quite surprised Rashleigh, who frequently wondered with what kind of uninflammable composition her throat must be lined, to enable her to gulp down this liquid lava.

    Ralph Rashleigh

  • As it was perfectly uninflammable, it might have made most excellent fire-bricks.

    Ralph Rashleigh

  • Mr E.O. Brown, of Woolwich Arsenal, discovered that perfectly wet and uninflammable compressed gun-cotton could be easily detonated by the detonation of a priming charge of the dry material in contact with it.

    Nitro-Explosives: A Practical Treatise

  • By putting an ounce of alum or sal ammoniac in the _last_ water in which muslins or cottons are rinsed, or a similar quantity in the starch in which they are stiffened, they will be rendered almost uninflammable; or, at least, will with difficulty take the fire, and if they do, will burn without flame.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) The Whole Comprising a Comprehensive Cyclopedia of Information for the Home

  • It is uninflammable, and does not support combustion or animal respiration.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 288, July 9, 1881

  • To avoid the too rapid absorption of the carbonic acid of the air by the large exposed surface, we cover it with a thin layer of heavy petroleum (a substance uninflammable and without smell), or better still, we furnish the battery with a cover.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 421, January 26, 1884

  • The tendency of the acetous process of fermentation, is to involve or entangle the hydrogen and carbon of the fermented fluid, with a greater proportion of oxygen, into vinegar, which is uninflammable.

    The American Practical Brewer and Tanner

  • Nitrogen by itself is an inert gas, colorless and uninflammable.

    Scientific American Supplement No. 819, September 12, 1891

  • That what he supposed to have been renunciation and self-control and chivalry had in reality been a rather tactfully steered uninflammable affection?

    Balloons

  • Extracted from the natural gas of Texas wells by new and ingenious processes, this substitute for hydrogen, almost as light and absolutely uninflammable, produced in quantities of millions of cubic feet, would have made the dirigibles of the Allies masters of the air.

    The New Heavens

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