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[bur-ner] /ˈbɜr nər/
a person or thing that burns.
that part of a gas fixture, lamp, etc., from which flame issues or in which it is produced.
any apparatus or receptacle in which fuel or refuse is burned.
Informal. burner phone.
temporary or disposable, often used to remain anonymous: burner email accounts;
a burner digital identity.
Origin of burner
First recorded in 1350-1400, burner is from the Middle English word brenner. See burn1, -er1 Unabridged
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  • Once started, the action of the burner is entirely automatic.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • The cover is provided with ventilators, so that the burner will not be smothered.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • The only other method of putting the burner out would be to stand it on its end.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • A gas or gasoline stove is so arranged that air is fed into the burner with the gas.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • Now put your finger and thumb over the hole in the bottom of the burner.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • Melt a piece of glass over a burner and draw it out into a thread.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
British Dictionary definitions for burner


the part of a stove, lamp, etc, that produces flame or heat
an apparatus for burning something, as fuel or refuse: an oil burner
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Word Origin and History for burner

late 13c., also as a surname, Brenner, "person who makes bricks," agent noun from burn (v.)). As a name for a part of a lamp where the flame is applied, from 1790. Of gas-cooking stoves, by 1885.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for burner



  1. The electric chair (1920s+)
  2. A superlative performer; the TOPS: He showed he was a burner at the combine (1950s+)
  3. A pistol, esp a .22-caliber revolver (1920s+)

Related Terms

cook with gas, fast burner, hay burner, oat-burner, on the back burner

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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