Supporter of combustion
Combustion Com*bus"tion (?; 106), n. [L. combustio: cf. F. combustion.] 1. The state of burning. [1913 Webster]

2. (Chem.) The combination of a combustible with a supporter of combustion, producing heat, and sometimes both light and heat. [1913 Webster]

Combustion results in common cases from the mutual chemical action and reaction of the combustible and the oxygen of the atmosphere, whereby a new compound is formed. --Ure. [1913 Webster]

{Supporter of combustion} (Chem.), a gas, as oxygen, the combination of which with a combustible, as coal, constitutes combustion. [1913 Webster]

3. Violent agitation; confusion; tumult. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

There [were] great combustions and divisions among the heads of the university. --Mede. [1913 Webster]

But say from whence this new combustion springs. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]


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