Definition of flammable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflaməb(ə)l/


Easily set on fire: the use of highly flammable materials
More example sentences
  • Kerosene is volatile, flammable and leaks very easily from containers.
  • It's believed one of the fires was started using paraffin and other flammable materials stored in the shed.
  • Whatever we did, we always did it with a bottle of something flammable, fires made a good end to the day.


The words flammable and inflammable actually mean the same thing: see inflammable (usage).



Pronunciation: /flaməˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • There are now controls over the type of foams that can be used and the flammability of the covers.
  • Her early research was on the flammability of clothing materials, especially children's sleepwear, and processes for removing farm and garden pesticides from clothing.
  • Factors to weigh in making a decision about insulation material include insulative value, cost, flammability, toxicity, durability, and availability.


Early 19th century: from Latin flammare, from flamma 'a flame'.

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