flash point


flash point
noun
1. point at which something is ready to blow up
Syn: ↑flashpoint
Hypernyms: ↑criticality
2. the lowest temperature at which the vapor of a combustible liquid can be ignited in air
Syn: ↑flashpoint
Hypernyms: ↑temperature

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I. noun
1. also flashing point : the lowest temperature at which the vapors above a volatile combustible substance (as a petroleum product) ignite momentarily in air when tested usually by applying a small flame under specified conditions

the degree of flammability of a liquid is expressed mainly by means of its flash pointDict. of Fire Technology

2. : a point (as of interest or tension) at which someone or something bursts suddenly into action or being

near the flash point of war

II. noun

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1. Also, flashing point. Physical Chem. the lowest temperature at which a liquid in a specified apparatus will give off sufficient vapor to ignite momentarily on application of a flame.
2. a critical point or stage at which something or someone suddenly causes or creates some significant action: A 10 percent drop in mortgage rates will produce a flash point in the housing market.
3. a critical situation or area having the potential of erupting in sudden violence: The Mideast has been the flash point for a series of conflicts. Also, flashpoint.
[1875-80]

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flash point.
1. the temperature at which the vapor given off from a flammable substance, such as an oil or hydrocarbon, will ignite momentarily in air, in the presence of a small flame.
2. Figurative: »

The conflict between Southern Rhodesia's four million Africans and quarter million Europeans has now reached its flash point (Manchester Guardian).

3. an issue over which conflict is likely to break out; a point of contention: »

His lack of experience became the flash point for dissatisfaction.

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(also flashpoint) n.
1) a place, event, or time at which trouble, such as violence or anger, flares up

the flash point of the conflagration is just blocks away

2) Chemistry the temperature at which a particular organic compound gives off sufficient vapor to ignite in air

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noun, pl ⋯ points [count]
: a point, place, or situation in which sudden anger or violence could happen

The city became a flash point as political tensions grew.

The situation reached a flash point when union leaders urged the workers to protest.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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