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spontaneous combustion

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

  • n. Ignition of a substance, such as oily rags or hay, caused by a localized heat-increasing reaction between the oxidant and the fuel and not involving addition of heat from an outside source.

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  • n. Combustion without an external source of heat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. combustion produced in a substance by the evolution of heat through the chemical action of its own elements; as, the spontaneous combustion of waste matter saturated with oil.

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

  • n. ignition of a substance (as oily rags) resulting from an internal oxidation process

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