spontaneous combustion


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spontaneous combustion

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.

spontaneous combustion

n
(Chemistry) the ignition of a substance or body as a result of internal oxidation processes, without the application of an external source of heat, occurring in finely powdered ores, coal, straw, etc

sponta′neous combus′tion


n.
the ignition of a substance or body without heat from any external source.
[1800–10]

spon·ta·ne·ous combustion

(spŏn-tā′nē-əs)
The bursting into flame of a mass of material as a result of chemical reactions within the substance, without the addition of heat from an external source. Oily rags and damp hay, for example, are subject to spontaneous combustion.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spontaneous combustion - ignition of a substance (as oily rags) resulting from an internal oxidation process
ignition - the process of initiating combustion or catching fire
Translations

spontaneous combustion

nautocombustione f
References in classic literature ?
The possibility of what is called spontaneous combustion has been denied since the death of Mr.
quite mistaken, as he soon found, in supposing the thing to have been abandoned by all authorities) published some ingenious letters to me at the time when that event was chronicled, arguing that spontaneous combustion could not possibly be.
the recorded opinions and experiences of distinguished medical professors, French, English, and Scotch, in more modern days, contenting myself with observing that I shall not abandon the facts until there shall have been a considerable spontaneous combustion of the testimony on which human occurrences are usually received.
It rained all the time we were taking it back from the hulk, and now with this long passage it got heated, and there was another case of spontaneous combustion.
All in that region was fire and commotion; the soup and fish were in the last stage of projection, and the cook hung over her crucibles in a frame of mind and body threatening spontaneous combustion.
All this time, he lay upon his bed, the very core and centre of a blaze of ruddy light, which streamed upon it when the clock proclaimed the hour; and which, being only light, was more alarming than a dozen ghosts, as he was powerless to make out what it meant, or would be at; and was sometimes apprehensive that he might be at that very moment an interesting case of spontaneous combustion, without having the consolation of knowing it.
An accident on a staircase, spontaneous combustion of a shopkeeper from alcohol, a fire in Peski .
Of course, people who smoke cigarettes should try even harder to stop smoking for while spontaneous combustion is a rarity, death by filter tip is a strong possibility.
It is thought that the summer's soggy weather may be to blame, with hay collected and stored while too moist, leading to spontaneous combustion.
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Spontaneous combustion happens when oxidation occurs in a substance, releasing heat.
They said the fires erupted from spontaneous combustion.

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