Bourne

[ bawrn, bohrn ]
/ bɔrn, boʊrn /

noun

a city in SE Massachusetts.

bourn

1

or bourne

[ bawrn, bohrn ]
/ bɔrn, boʊrn /

noun Scot. and North England.

burn

2
[ burn ]
/ bɜrn /

noun Scot. and North England.

a brook or rivulet.
Also bourn, bourne.

Origin of burn

2
before 900; Middle English burne, bourne, Old English burna, brunna brook; cognate with Gothic brunna, Dutch born, bron, German Brunnen, Old Norse brunnr spring

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British Dictionary definitions for bourne

bourn

1

bourne

/ (bɔːn) /

noun archaic

a destination; goal
a boundary

Word Origin for bourn

C16: from Old French borne; see bound ³

bourn

2
/ (bɔːn) /

noun

mainly Southern English a stream, esp an intermittent one in chalk areasCompare burn 2

Word Origin for bourn

C16: from Old French bodne limit; see bound ³

burn

1
/ (bɜːn) /

verb burns, burning, burnt or burned

noun


Word Origin for burn

Old English beornan (intr), bærnan (tr); related to Old Norse brenna (tr or intr), Gothic brinnan (intr), Latin fervēre to boil, seethe

burn

2
/ (bɜːn, Scottish bʌrn) /

noun

Scot and Northern English a small stream; brook

Word Origin for burn

Old English burna; related to Old Norse brunnr spring, Old High German brunno, Lithuanian briáutis to burst forth

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Word Origin and History for bourne
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Medicine definitions for bourne

burn

[ bûrn ]

v.

n.


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Science definitions for bourne

burn

[ bûrn ]

Verb

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.

Noun

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.
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Idioms and Phrases with bourne

burn

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

also see:

  • 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
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