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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The lowest temperature at which the vapor of a combustible liquid can be made to ignite momentarily in air.
  • n. The point at which eruption into significant action, creation, or violence occurs: "The shootdown did not increase international tensions to the flash point” ( Seymour M. Hersh).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The lowest temperature at which a liquid can form an ignitable mixture in air near the surface of the liquid.
  • n. A hotspot; a dangerous place of violent political unrest

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the lowest temperature at which the vapors given off by a volatile liquid exposed to air will burst into flame when approached by a flame. Also called flashing point.
  • n. That point in time or that degree of provocation at which someone will suddenly begin to act vigorously; -- often used in reference to angry reactions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as flashing-point.

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

  • n. the lowest temperature at which the vapor of a combustible liquid can be ignited in air
  • n. point at which something is ready to blow up
  • n. the lowest temperature at which the vapor of a combustible liquid can be ignited in air
  • n. point at which something is ready to blow up

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