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
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Related Words for burner

heater, lamp, jet, warmer, cooker

Examples from the Web for burner

Contemporary Examples of burner

  • He testified that he immediately got to work with a set of “burner” phones bought on company expenses.

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  • The safest way to use a burner is not for very long, but buying a new cellphone, laptop, or tablet once a week can get expensive.

  • Return the pan to the burner and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes.

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  • Get more information about this topic plus additional tips, tricks, and techniques at Behind the Burner.

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Historical Examples of burner

  • Once started, the action of the burner is entirely automatic.

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  • The cover is provided with ventilators, so that the burner will not be smothered.

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  • The only other method of putting the burner out would be to stand it on its end.

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  • A gas or gasoline stove is so arranged that air is fed into the burner with the gas.

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  • Now put your finger and thumb over the hole in the bottom of the burner.

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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 refusean 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.

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