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English definition of “flashpoint”

flashpoint

noun uk   /ˈflæʃ.pɔɪnt/ us  

flashpoint noun (VIOLENCE)

[C] a place or stage at which violence might be expected to begin: Because of the army's presence, the city is seen to be the flashpoint of the area.

flashpoint noun (TEMPERATURE)

[C usually singular] specialized chemistry The flashpoint of a liquid is the lowest temperature at which the vapour it produces will burn in air.
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