flammable
adjective Etymology: Latin flammare to flame, set on fire, from flamma Date: 1813 capable of being easily ignited and of burning quickly • flammable noun

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  • flammable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ easily set on fire. DERIVATIVES flammability noun. USAGE The words flammable and inflammable have the same meaning. It is, however, safer to use flammable to avoid ambiguity, as the in prefix of inflammable can give the impression… …   English terms dictionary

  • flammable — meaning ‘easily set on fire’, was revived in modern use (in BrE by the British Standards Institution) and used together with the noun flammability in place of inflammable and inflammability (which have the same meaning) in order to avoid the… …   Modern English usage

  • flammable — [adj] easily set afire burnable, combustible, ignitable, incendiary, inflammable; concept 485 Ant. fireproof, flameproof, incombustible, non flammable …   New thesaurus

  • Flammable — Flam ma*ble, a. Inflammable. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flammable — 1813, from L. flammare to set on fire (from flamma; see FLAME (Cf. flame)) + ABLE (Cf. able) …   Etymology dictionary

  • flammable — inflammable, incendiary, inflammatory, *combustible …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • flammable — [flam′ə bəl] adj. [L flammare, to FLAME + ABLE] easily set on fire; that will burn readily or quickly: term now preferred to INFLAMMABLE in commerce, industry, etc. flammability n …   English World dictionary

  • flammable — [ˈflæməb(ə)l] adj likely to burn very quickly and easily Syn: inflammable Ant: non flammable • Flammable and inflammable both describe something that burns easily and quickly, but most people use flammable because inflammable looks as if it means …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • flammable — [[t]flæ̱məb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED Flammable chemicals, gases, cloth, or other things catch fire and burn easily. ...flammable liquids such as petrol or paraffin. Syn: inflammable Ant: non flammable …   English dictionary

  • flammable — UK [ˈflæməb(ə)l] / US adjective Usage note: Flammable and inflammable both describe something that burns easily and quickly, but most people use flammable because inflammable looks as if it means not flammable. likely to burn very quickly and… …   English dictionary

  • flammable — 1. adjective a) Capable of burning, especially a liquid. b) Easily set on fire. Syn: inflammable Ant: non flammable, nonflammable 2 …   Wiktionary

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