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VERB (5)

1. cause to burn or combust;
- Example: "The sun burned off the fog"
- Example: "We combust coal and other fossil fuels"
[syn: burn, combust]

2. start to burn or burst into flames;
- Example: "Marsh gases ignited suddenly"
- Example: "The oily rags combusted spontaneously"
[syn: erupt, ignite, catch fire, take fire, combust, conflagrate]

3. get very angry and fly into a rage;
- Example: "The professor combusted when the student didn't know the answer to a very elementary question"
- Example: "Spam makes me go ballistic"
[syn: flip one's lid, blow up, throw a fit, hit the roof, hit the ceiling, have kittens, have a fit, combust, blow one's stack, fly off the handle, flip one's wig, lose one's temper, blow a fuse, go ballistic]

4. cause to become violent or angry;
- Example: "Riots combusted Pakistan after the U.S. air attacks on Afghanistan"

5. undergo combustion;
- Example: "Maple wood burns well"
[syn: burn, combust]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Combust \Com*bust"\, a. [L. combustus, p. p. of comburere to burn up; com- + burere (only in comp.), of uncertain origin; cf. bustum funeral pyre, prurire to itch, pruna a live coal, Gr. pyrso`s firebrand, Skr. plush to burn.] 1. Burnt; consumed. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. (Astron.) So near the sun as to be obscured or eclipsed by his light, as the moon or planets when not more than eight degrees and a half from the sun. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Planets that are oft combust. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

combust v 1: cause to burn or combust; "The sun burned off the fog"; "We combust coal and other fossil fuels" [syn: burn, combust] 2: start to burn or burst into flames; "Marsh gases ignited suddenly"; "The oily rags combusted spontaneously" [syn: erupt, ignite, catch fire, take fire, combust, conflagrate] 3: get very angry and fly into a rage; "The professor combusted when the student didn't know the answer to a very elementary question"; "Spam makes me go ballistic" [syn: flip one's lid, blow up, throw a fit, hit the roof, hit the ceiling, have kittens, have a fit, combust, blow one's stack, fly off the handle, flip one's wig, lose one's temper, blow a fuse, go ballistic] 4: cause to become violent or angry; "Riots combusted Pakistan after the U.S. air attacks on Afghanistan" 5: undergo combustion; "Maple wood burns well" [syn: burn, combust]