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flashpoint

noun uk   us   /ˈflæʃ.pɔɪnt/

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.
Translations of “flashpoint”
in Chinese (Traditional) 暴力, (暴力)即將爆發的地點(或階段)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 暴力, (暴力)即将爆发的地点(或阶段)…
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