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 for combustion
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Combustion \Com*bus"tion\ (?; 106), n. [L. combustio: cf. F.
     1. The state of burning.
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     2. (Chem.) The combination of a combustible with a supporter
        of combustion, producing heat, and sometimes both light
        and heat.
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              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.
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     Supporter of combustion (Chem.), a gas, as oxygen, the
        combination of which with a combustible, as coal,
        constitutes combustion.
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     3. Violent agitation; confusion; tumult. [Obs.]
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              There [were] great combustions and divisions among
              the heads of the university.          --Mede.
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              But say from whence this new combustion springs.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give
           heat and light [syn: combustion, burning]
      2: a state of violent disturbance and excitement; "combustion
         grew until revolt was unavoidable"
      3: the act of burning something; "the burning of leaves was
         prohibited by a town ordinance" [syn: burning,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  76 Moby Thesaurus words for "combustion":
     backfire, balefire, beacon, beacon fire, blaze, blazing,
     blistering, bonfire, branding, burning, burning ghat, calcination,
     campfire, carbonization, cauterization, cautery, cheerful fire,
     cineration, concremation, conflagration, corposant, cozy fire,
     cracking, crackling fire, cremation, crematory, cupellation,
     death fire, deflagration, destructive distillation, distillation,
     distilling, fen fire, fire, flame, flaming, flashing point,
     flicker, flickering flame, forest fire, fox fire, funeral pyre,
     ignis fatuus, ignition, incineration, ingle, lambent flame,
     marshfire, open fire, oxidation, oxidization, parching,
     prairie fire, pyre, pyrolysis, raging fire, refining, scorching,
     scorification, sea of flames, searing, self-immolation,
     sheet of fire, signal beacon, singeing, smelting, smudge fire,
     suttee, the stake, thermogenesis, three-alarm fire, two-alarm fire,
     vesication, watch fire, wildfire, witch fire

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