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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, caused by, or partaking in combustion

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or of the nature of combustion.
  • Disposed to take fire; combustible.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. supporting combustion


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  • Here's a blogging award-winner, suggesting "a few minutes of combustive companionship in a two-seater" for another blogger who dared call for a "rational and measured" response to the botched bombing.


  • I want a religious symbol that knows what it is like to wear both the constrictive female undergarments as well as the combustive male ego.

    Vaishali: Everything I Needed to Know About Spirituality...I Learned From Bugs Bunny!

  • Hume says that the race is tightening but that the GOP looks solid to capture the House, the Senate is tougher, this is nothing that you couldn't say on the teevees yourselves for money, but ask yourselves, do any of you possess the blockbuster, combustive, personality of Brit Hume, sex-machine?

    TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

  • When couples like Julian and Claire begin to find their way back to each other, there's often a combustive rekindling of desire, a mix of anxiety and lust, which many couples are shy to admit.

    Esther Perel: An Affair To Remember: What Happens In Couples After Someone Cheats? Part Three

  • Matt Yglesias at Think Progress has a good synopsis of a new Democracy article that both points out the importance of metropolitan regions to the nation's economic health and warns that current governance structures - really, federalism as we know it now - are constraining the combustive (in a good way) capacity of these areas.

    Harry Moroz: Not Your Mother's Federalism

  • It's certainly a combustive mix, and one which doesn't augur well for the PM's near-term future.

    Gordon Brown, Charlie Whelan and Me

  • There were no doubt plenty of them yesterday among a crowd that was predominantly older, overwhelmingly white and, I'd wager, heavily evangelical, a combustive demographic that didn't exactly cotton to the gutsy girl who kept pacing around trying to yell "Health care for everyone!" loudly enough to drown out the repeated death threats and off-topic anti-abortion catcalls that greeted her homemade "Who Would Jesus Insure?" sign.

    Michael Krantz: Who Would Jesus Insure? Tea Party Dispatch From San Francisco

  • With Washington turning hostile, neither did the IFIs, USAID, the National Endowment of Democracy (NED), the International Republican Institute (IRI), liberally funded technocrats, compliant NGOs, and it amounted to a combustive mixture.

    Peter Hallward's "Damming the Flood"

  • "De Kooning Was the absolutely central figure for other artists in New York" during the combustive late 1940s and early '50s, says art historian Irving Sandler.

    The Twilight Of A God

  • The sand\'s contamination resulted from U.S. military vehicles and munitions combining in a combustive accident at the end of that war.

    Uranium and Lead Kuwaiti's Sand Heads for Idaho


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