Part of speech: noun

The act or process of burning.

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Usage examples "combustion":

  1. It is generally known that the invention of the steam engine and other combustion engines which release sun- power for mechanical use, has revolutionized the economic system; for the building of engines in the scale of modern needs, it is necessary to concentrate a great number of living men in one place, to build factories, to set up machines used in producing the engines, and all this requires the use of vast amounts of money. - "Manhood of Humanity.", Alfred Korzybski.
  2. When combustion ceases, the fire goes out in popular language. - "Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3) An Historical Sketch", Charles Eliot.
  3. The Menai Bridge consists of about 2000 tons of iron, and its height above the level of the sea is 120 feet; its mass might be lifted from the level of the water to its present position by the combustion of four bushels of coal. - "A Letter from Major Robert Carmichael-Smyth to His Friend, the Author of 'The Clockmaker'", Robert Carmichael-Smyth.