Definition of Flash point

1. Noun. Point at which something is ready to blow up.

Exact synonyms: Flashpoint
Generic synonyms: Criticality

2. Noun. The lowest temperature at which the vapor of a combustible liquid can be ignited in air.
Exact synonyms: Flashpoint
Generic synonyms: Temperature

Definition of Flash point

1. Noun. The lowest temperature at which a liquid can form an ignitable mixture in air near the surface of the liquid. ¹

2. Noun. (figuratively) A hotspot; a dangerous place of violent political unrest ¹

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Medical Definition of Flash point

1. The lowest temperature at which vapors of a liquid may be ignited by a flame. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Flash Point

flash flood
flash floods
flash frame
flash frames
flash in the pan
flash keratoconjunctivitis
flash lamp
flash lock
flash locks
flash memory
flash method
flash mob
flash mobber
flash mobs
flash photography
flash point (current term)
flash points
flash suppressor
flash welding
flashboard riser
flashbulb memory

Literary usage of Flash point

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1. Standard Methods of Chemical Analysis: A Manual of Analytical Methods and by Wilfred Welday Scott (1922)
"The flash-point procedure is used primarily for determining the adaptability ... A number of flash-point testers have been proposed, of wliich the following ..."

2. The Gasoline Automobile by George William Hobbs (1915)
"flash point.—The flash point is the temperature at which, if an oil be heated and a ... Fire test is merely a continuation of the flash point test; that is, ..."

3. The Contemporary Review (1898)
"The Russian oil has a flash-point of over 100° Fahr. (Abel teat), and, as Mr. Spencer's experiments proved, is practically safe in all lamps. ..."

4. Steam Power Plant Engineering by George Frederick Gebhardt (1913)
"flash point. — The flash point is determined by heating a sample of oil in an open or closed ... The temperature at which this occurs is the flash point. ..."

5. The Lancet (1898)
"In that case no argument can be urged, it seems to us, more in favour of raising the flash point of oil than of enforcing the employment of specially ..."

6. Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia by Andrew Lee Dyke (1916)
"It must burn cleanly and form a lasting film on the wearing surfaces, having a flash-point of not lower than 425, and a fire-point of not l>'ss that 475 ..."

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