Noun Accelerants Definition and Examples







A substance used to aid the spread of fire.
  1. 'A sniffer dog detected numerous accelerants at the scene, though police are uncertain whether they were used to start the fire, or just recreational material left by squatters.'
  2. 'Detectives believe accelerants - possibly petrol - were either sprayed at the door or poured through the letterbox before being ignited in what they called a ‘sinister incident’.'
  3. 'Note that the patient has used liberal amounts of hair gel, hair spray, and perfume, all of which act as fuel and accelerants for a fire.'
  4. 'We don't know if it's arson or if the fire was caused by an electrical fault in the car but we will know more later today when the sniffer dogs establish if any accelerants were used.'
  5. 'But officers were there until 1.30 am to establish the cause of the blaze with help from a fire investigation dog, specially trained to sniff out accelerants.'
  6. 'For years, arson investigators looked for telltale signs of chipped concrete based on the assumption that fire accelerants like gasoline cause such fragmentation.'
  7. 'During the siege he set off a fire extinguisher and told the police he had accelerants.'
  8. 'He added that a brick had been thrown through the window and a fire accelerant was thrown in on boxes containing paper documents.'
  9. 'He believed the fire had been developing for at least 15 minutes before the fire brigade arrived as no accelerants such as petrol appeared to have been used.'
  10. 'Detroit Fire Commissioner Charles Wilson said his investigation, conducted with search dogs, found no accelerants that would link the fire to arson.'


Accelerating or causing acceleration.
  1. 'Catherine took up Mandarin, one of the most difficult languages to learn, in the accelerant class at Tauranga Intermediate.'


1. something that speeds up a process.

2. Chemistry. accelerator (def 5).

3. a substance that accelerates the spread of fire or makes a fire more intense: Arson was suspected when police found accelerants at the scene of the fire.


"accelerantses can be such as spirits."
"accelerantses can be such as petrols."
"accelerantses can be such as paraffins."



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