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intr. & tr.v. def·la·grat·ed, def·la·grat·ing, def·la·grates
To burn or cause to burn with great heat and intense light.

[Latin dēflagrāre, dēflagrāt- : dē-, intensive pref.; see de- + flagrāre, to blaze; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

def′la·gra′tion n.
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Noun1.deflagration - combustion that propagates through a gas or along the surface of an explosive at a rapid rate driven by the transfer of heat
combustion, burning - a process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give heat and light
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The wonderful projectile was not even heated under the intense deflagration of the powder, nor liquefied, as they seemed to fear, in a shower of aluminum.
The EIPV is an economical, yet highly reliable form of explosion isolation, a method for preventing deflagration propagation through interconnecting conveying lines, thereby protecting additional process equipment and operating locations.
That sluggish burning is known as deflagration. In car engines that knock, the flame travels supersonically, a burning known as detonation.
"From preliminary information that we have, the incident was an explosion caused by a deflagration of ammunitions."
The accumulation of an explosive mixture in a pipeline is unsafe and one cannot rely on the absence of an ignition source during mechanical operations to prevent a deflagration or detonation in the pipe.
His paper, "A Case Study of Pipework Fracture Due to Hydraulic Shock in an Ammonia System," describes the results of an incident investigation of a deflagration that occurred at a frozen food factory.
Eighteen chapters containing abundant exercises cover topics including: thermodynamics; stoichiometry and thermochemistry of reacting systems; fuels; chemical kinetics; mass transfer; conservation relations; combustion of solid fuels, carbon, and char; deflagration and detonation; and introductory turbulent combustion, among others.
The developers explain that the directed energy from the laser is capable of rapidly clearing unexploded devices by inducing a low-order burning or deflagration reaction in the explosive material from a safe distance.
The tubular-shaped device directs a hot flame at the munitions to achieve a deflagration effect, he said
In low-order explosives, the process of decomposition, called the speed of deflagration or burning, produces heat, light, and a subsonic pressure wave.