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heptane a flammable hydrocarbon distilled from petroleum and used in products such as fuels and solvents.
hydrocyanic acid a highly poisonous, flammable solution of hydrogen cyanide in water, used in manufacturing, working with metals, and the like; prussic acid.
hydrogen a chemical element that contains one proton in each nucleus and that occurs naturally in many compounds such as water, acids, petroleum hydrocarbons, and carbohydrates, and in pure form as a highly flammable, lighter-than-air gas used in many industrial applications, such as the hydrogenation of fats and oils. (symbol: H) (Cf. deuterium, protium, tritium.)
inflammable capable of catching fire and burning, or easy to set aflame and burn; flammable. [1/2 definitions]
isooctane a highly flammable hydrocarbon liquid that is used as the standard to establish the octane numbers of fuels.
ligroin a flammable solvent made by distilling petroleum.
methane a flammable hydrocarbon gas that results from the decay of organic material as in marshes and coal mines, and is the main constituent of natural gas.
Molotov cocktail a homemade explosive device consisting of a bottle containing a flammable liquid and a rag wick that is ignited, the bottle then being hurled like a grenade.
napalm a highly flammable jelly containing aluminum soaps and gasoline, used in flame throwers and fire bombs. [1/2 definitions]
naphtha a colorless, flammable liquid distilled from coal or petroleum and used mainly as a solvent and cleaning agent.
nonflammable not flammable.
petrol (chiefly British) a volatile, flammable liquid of hydrocarbons, derived from petroleum and used primarily as fuel for internal-combustion engines; gasoline.
petroleum a thick, flammable mineral oil obtained by drilling beneath the earth's surface and processed into various fuels and lubricants, naphtha, paraffin, and other products.
propane a colorless flammable gas found in petroleum and natural gas and used for fuel and in chemical synthesis.
pyridine a colorless flammable liquid obtained by distilling coal tar or bone oil and used in synthesizing drugs and vitamins, as a solvent, and to denature alcohol.
pyroxylin a highly flammable nitrocellulose used in the manufacture of artificial silk, plastics, lacquer, and the like.
tinder highly flammable material, such as dry twigs, that can be used to kindle a fire.
TNT a yellow flammable solid that is unaffected by ordinary friction or shock, but is used as an explosive; trinitrotoluene.
torch a stick or rod with a flammable material fixed or wound on one end, ignited and carried as a portable light. [1/6 definitions]
vinyl chloride a colorless, flammable gas, used in the making of polyvinyl chloride.
xylene any of three colorless, flammable benzene compounds, or a mixture of these compounds.