- a city in SE Massachusetts.
- a brook or rivulet.
Origin of burn2
Related Words for bournerestriction, ceiling, restraint, cap, maximum, curb, deadline, check, verge, fence, bound, obstruction, rim, brim, circumscription, border, brink, absolute, end, goal
Examples from the Web for bourne
Contemporary Examples of bourne
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, RoboCop, The Bourne Legacy, and Homeland all send a similar message.Hollywood’s War on Drones
May 23, 2014
The “army of youth” Bourne envisioned was the advanced brigade of what emerged as a “New Class.”The Revolt Against the Masses and the Roots of Modern Liberalism
January 26, 2014
He also did some script doctoring on The Bourne Ultimatum—who knew he had such a fondness for action franchises?M. Night Shyamalan Wrote ‘She’s All That’?! More Surprising Uncredited Writers
June 12, 2013
Hint: She likes Jane Austen, James McAvoy, the Gosling, and the Bourne flicks.‘The Host’: ‘Twilight’ Author Stephenie Meyer’s Favorite Film Romances
March 29, 2013
The drowning hero is a reoccurring motif in the Bourne movies.Is ‘Skyfall’ the Best (and Gayest) James Bond Movie Yet?
Ramin Setoodeh, Marlow Stern
November 9, 2012
Historical Examples of bourne
So the party for that bourne were compelled to spend the night at Richmond.Victor's Triumph
Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
But Mr. Bourne seems to forget that “persuasion” is a vain thing.Notes on Life and Letters
This, however, never appeared to be an ambition of Captain Bourne.
Poor Bourne had passed the portal beyond which he was to find peace.
Bourne, whom the queen had appointed her chaplain, preached at Paul's Cross.The Reign of Mary Tudor
W. Llewelyn Williams.
- a destination; goal
- a boundary
Word Origin for bourn
- mainly Southern English a stream, esp an intermittent one in chalk areasCompare burn 2
Word Origin for bourn
- to undergo or cause to undergo combustion
- to destroy or be destroyed by fire
- (tr) to damage, injure, or mark by heathe burnt his hand; she was burnt by the sun
- to die or put to death by fireto burn at the stake
- (intr) to be or feel hotmy forehead burns
- to smart or cause to smartbrandy burns one's throat
- (intr) to feel strong emotion, esp anger or passion
- (tr) to use for the purposes of light, heat, or powerto burn coal
- (tr) to form by or as if by fireto burn a hole
- to char or become charredthe potatoes are burning in the saucepan
- (tr) to brand or cauterize
- (tr) to cut (metal) with an oxygen-rich flame
- to produce by or subject to heat as part of a processto burn charcoal
- (tr) to copy information onto (a CD-ROM)
- astronomy to convert (a lighter element) to a heavier one by nuclear fusion in a starto burn hydrogen
- cards, mainly British to discard or exchange (one or more useless cards)
- (tr; usually passive) informal to cheat, esp financially
- slang, mainly US to electrocute or be electrocuted
- (tr) Australian slang to drive fast (esp in the phrase go for a burn)
- burn one's bridges or burn one's boats to commit oneself to a particular course of action with no possibility of turning back
- burn the candle at both ends See candle (def. 3)
- burn one's fingers to suffer from having meddled or been rash
- an injury caused by exposure to heat, electrical, chemical, or radioactive agents. Burns are classified according to the depth of tissue affected: first-degree burn : skin surface painful and red; second-degree burn : blisters appear on the skin; third-degree burn : destruction of both epidermis and dermis
- a mark, e.g. on wood, caused by burning
- a controlled use of rocket propellant, esp for a course correction
- a hot painful sensation in a muscle, experienced during vigorous exercisego for the burn!
- Australian and NZ a controlled fire to clear an area of scrub
- slang tobacco or a cigarette
Word Origin for burn
- Scot and Northern English a small stream; brook
Word Origin for burn
also bourne, "small stream," especially of the winter torrents of the chalk downs, Old English brunna, burna "brook, stream," from Proto-Germanic *brunnoz "spring, fountain" (cf. Old High German brunno, Old Norse brunnr, Old Frisian burna, German Brunnen "fountain," Gothis brunna "well"), ultimately from PIE root *bhreue- "to boil, bubble, effervesce, burn" (see brew (v.)).
"destination," 1520s, from French borne, apparently a variant of bodne (see bound (n.)). Used by Shakespeare in Hamlet's soliloquy (1602), from which it entered into English poetic speech. He meant it probably in the correct sense of "boundary," but it has been taken to mean "goal" (Wordsworth, Matthew Arnold) or sometimes "realm" (Keats).
The dread of something after death, The vndiscouered Countrey; from whose Borne No Traueller returnes. ["Hamlet" III.i.79]
12c., combination of Old Norse brenna "to burn, light," and two originally distinct Old English verbs: bærnan "to kindle" (transitive) and beornan "to be on fire" (intransitive), all from Proto-Germanic *brennan/*branajan (cf. Middle Dutch bernen, Dutch branden, Old High German brinnan, German brennen, Gothic -brannjan "to set on fire"). This perhaps is from PIE *gwher- "to heat, warm" (see warm (adj.)), or from PIE *bhre-n-u, from root *bhreue- "to boil forth, well up" (see brew (v.)). Related: Burned/burnt (see -ed); burning.
Figuratively (of passions, battle, etc.) in Old English. Meaning "cheat, swindle, victimize" is first attested 1650s. In late 18c, slang, burned meant "infected with venereal disease." To burn one's bridges (behind one) "behave so as to destroy any chance of returning to a status quo" (attested by 1892 in Mark Twain), perhaps ultimately is from reckless cavalry raids in the American Civil War. Slavic languages have historically used different and unrelated words for the transitive and intransitive senses of "set fire to"/"be on fire:" cf. Polish palić/gorzeć, Russian žeč'/gorel.
c.1300, "act of burning," from Old English bryne, from the same source as burn (v.). Until mid-16c. the usual spelling was brenne. Meaning "mark made by burning" is from 1520s. Slow burn first attested 1938, in reference to U.S. movie actor Edgar Kennedy (1890-1948), who made it his specialty.
- To undergo or cause to undergo combustion.
- To consume or use as fuel or energy.
- To damage or injure by fire, heat, radiation, electricity, or a caustic agent.
- To irritate or inflame, as by chafing or sunburn.
- To become sunburned or windburned.
- To metabolize a substance, such as glucose, in the body.
- To impart a sensation of intense heat to.
- To feel or look hot.
- An injury produced by fire, heat, radiation, electricity, or a caustic agent.
- A burned place or area.
- The process or result of burning.
- A stinging sensation.
- A sunburn or windburn.
- To be on fire; undergo combustion. A substance burns if it is heated up enough to react chemically with oxygen.
- To cause a burn to a bodily tissue.
- Tissue injury caused by fire, heat, radiation (such as sun exposure), electricity, or a caustic chemical agent. Burns are classified according to the degree of tissue damage, which can include redness, blisters, skin edema and loss of sensation. Bacterial infection is a serious and sometimes fatal complication of severe burns.
In addition to the idioms beginning with burn
- burn at the stake
- burn down
- burned up
- burn in effigy
- burning question
- burn into
- burn off
- burn one's bridges
- burn oneself out
- burn one's fingers
- burn out
- burn rubber
- burn someone up
- burn the candle at both ends
- burn the midnight oil
- burn to a cinder
- burn up
- crash and burn
- ears are burning
- fiddle while Rome burns
- (burn) in effigy
- money burns a hole in one's pocket
- money to burn
- slow burn