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Combustion

fuel

Combustion, rapid oxidation (or burning) of fuel in which heat and usually light are produced. In slow combustion (for instance, a glowing charcoal fire) the solid fuel may react directly with atmospheric oxygen; more commonly the fuel is first volatilized, and combustion occurs in the gas phase.

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