flashpoint flashpoint  /f ˈlæʃ ˌpɔ ɪnt/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) point at which something is ready to blow up
  2. (n) the lowest temperature at which the vapor of a combustible liquid can be ignited in air

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. Kansas is a key flashpoint in this struggle.
  2. Masked Iraqi insurgents keep position at a lookout in the flashpoint town of Fallujah.
  3. In certain events that leave their mark on pop culture, there comes a flashpoint when everyone's talking about the same thing.

News

  1. Spring Valley a flashpoint in water fight for Utah and the West

    Spring Valley a flashpoint in water fight for Utah and the West by Brian Maffly The Salt Lake Tribune Published Jun 14, 2013 07:03AM MDT Ely, Nev. • The Nevada state engineer should never favor one part of the Silver State over another while deciding water rights cases. But that is exactly what Jason King did last year by authorizing the export of 61,127 acre-feet of Spring Valley’s groundwater ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

  2. No clear result after Turkish PM, protesters meet

    ISTANBUL (AP) — A meeting between Turkey's prime minister and representatives of anti-government protesters ended early Friday without a clear resolution on how to end the occupation of a central Istanbul park that has become a flashpoint for the largest political crisis of his 10-year rule.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  3. Turkish PM meets with protesters after warning

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's prime minister was meeting with anti-government protesters early Friday, hours after giving them his "final warning" to end their occupation of a central Istanbul park that has become a flashpoint for the largest political crisis of his 10-year rule.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

Quotes

  1. "We must recognise that Lebanon is the latest flashpoint in a broader struggle between freedom and terror that is unfolding across the region," Bush said in his weekly radio address.
    on Jul 29, 2006 By: President Bush Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. "I think under my presidency, there will be peace and prosperity across the Taiwan Strait instead of confrontation and tension," Ma said in the interview. "We know very well that the Taiwan Strait could be a flashpoint of a world crisis, but...
    on Mar 14, 2008 By: Ma Ying-jeou Source: Bloomberg

  3. "South Asia is also a volatile nuclear flashpoint," Mr Kerry said at the committee's hearing on the nomination of Tim Roemer, US Ambassador-designate to India.
    on Jul 7, 2009 By: John Kerry Source: Hindu

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