Definition of accelerant in English:

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Pronunciation: /əkˈselərənt/


A substance used to aid the spread of fire: stolen accelerants could be used as firebombs
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  • The three-year-old labrador, whose main duty is to sniff out fire accelerants like petrol or paraffin where arson is suspected, has impressed his bosses so much on his nine-month trial that he will become a full-time fixture.
  • For years, arson investigators looked for telltale signs of chipped concrete based on the assumption that fire accelerants like gasoline cause such fragmentation.
  • Note that the patient has used liberal amounts of hair gel, hair spray, and perfume, all of which act as fuel and accelerants for a fire.


Accelerating or causing acceleration: accelerant factors for carcinoma
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  • Catherine took up Mandarin, one of the most difficult languages to learn, in the accelerant class at Tauranga Intermediate.
  • And so there's an accelerant effect for information flowing through the network.

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Syllabification: ac·cel·er·ant

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