inflammable

inflammable ADJECTIVE easily set on fire.
NOUN a substance which is easily set on fire.
DERIVATIVES inflammability noun inflammableness noun inflammably adverb.
USAGE The words inflammable and flammable both mean ‘easily set on fire’. It is, however, safer to use flammable if one wishes to avoid ambiguity, as the in- prefix of inflammable can give the impression that the word means ‘non-flammable’.

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  • inflammable — [ ɛ̃flamabl ] adj. • 1390; du lat. inflammare ♦ Qui a la propriété de s enflammer facilement et de brûler vivement. L essence, le phosphore sont des matières inflammables. Gaz inflammable. ⊗ CONTR. Apyre, ignifugé, ininflammable. ● inflammable… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Inflammable — In*flam ma*ble, a. [CF. F. inflammable.] 1. Capable of being easily set fire; easily enkindled; combustible; as, inflammable oils or spirits. [1913 Webster] 2. Excitable; irritable; irascible; easily provoked; as, an inflammable temper. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inflammable — early 15c., in medicine, liable to inflammation, from M.Fr. inflammable and directly from M.L. inflammabilis, from L. inflammare (see INFLAME (Cf. inflame)). As able to be set alight, c.1600. Related: Inflammability …   Etymology dictionary

  • inflammable — inflammable, inflammatory Inflammable has the same meaning, i.e. ‘easily set on fire’, as flammable, which is now preferred in official advisory contexts: see flammable. Inflammatory means ‘tending to cause inflammation (of the body)’ and… …   Modern English usage

  • inflammable — [adj] ready to burn burnable, combustible, dangerous, flammable, hazardous, ignitable, incendiary, risky, unsafe; concept 485 Ant. fire proof, incombustible, nonflammable, non inflammable …   New thesaurus

  • inflammable — index fractious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • inflammable — *combustible, flammable, incendiary, inflammatory Analogous words: igniting, kindling, firing, lighting (see LIGHT vb): flaring, blazing (see BLAZE vb): infuriating, enraging, incensing (see ANGER vb) Antonyms: extinguishable …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • inflammable — Inflammable. adj. v. de tout genre. Qui s enflamme facilement. Le soufre, le canfre, sont des matieres fort inflammables …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • inflammable — [in flam′ə bəl] adj. [Fr < ML inflammabilis < L inflammare: see INFLAME] 1. FLAMMABLE 2. easily roused, provoked, or excited n. anything flammable inflammability n. inflammableness inflammably adv …   English World dictionary

  • Inflammable — Inflammabilité Pictogramme associé aux produits chimiques inflammables L inflammabilité est la capacité d un matériau à s enflammer plus ou moins facilement au contact d une flamme, d une étincelle ou bien d une température élevée. Par exemple, l …   Wikipédia en Français

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