from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The process of burning.
- n. A chemical change, especially oxidation, accompanied by the production of heat and light.
- n. Violent anger or agitation: Combustion within the populace slowly built up to the point of revolution.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act or process of burning.
- n. A process where two chemicals are combined to produce heat.
- n. A process wherein a fuel is combined with oxygen, usually at high temperature, releasing heat.
- n. Violent agitation, tumult.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of burning.
- n. The combination of a combustible with a supporter of combustion, producing heat, and sometimes both light and heat.
- n. Violent agitation; confusion; tumult.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The action of fire on inflammable materials; the act or process of burning.
- n. . Tumult; violent agitation with hurry and noise; inflammatory excitement; confusion; uproar.
- n. In astrology, the state of being combust.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of burning something
- n. a process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give heat and light
- n. a state of violent disturbance and excitement
~ The particular oxides formed by the combustion of any substance are called _products of combustion_ of that substance.
This affinity can thus act across substances, and I want you to see how curiously what we call combustion acts with respect to this force of chemical affinity.
If the Coyote plan was a 30 to 40 year plan, where electricity comes from nuclear power, and transportation combustion is hydrogen based, then at some point in this transition a carbon tax might be useful.
I mean, wouldn't it be dumb for a researcher to spend valuable time and funding seeking phlogiston when his governing theoretic needs no such 'stuff' to explain combustion and he doesn't believe it exists?
Since candles are 5-10% fragrance and are diluted with 90% wax, combustion is not an issue.
Of course, the rate of combustion is actually going to get much higher as countries like China and India begin to burn their fair share of oil.
Spontaneous human combustion is also used in popular culture movies and television shows:
Spontaneous human combustion is occasionally used in works of written fiction:
This process, which I prefer to call prolonged human combustion, is usually fuelled by fat rendered from the body by the fire.
The idea that a human body can burst into flames without an external source of combustion is not accepted by mainstream science, although some individual scientists believe it is possible.