Origin of burning
verb (used without object), burned or burnt, burn·ing.
- to undergo combustion, either fast or slow; oxidize.
- to undergo fission or fusion.
verb (used with object), burned or burnt, burn·ing.
- to cease functioning because something has been exhausted or burned up, as fuel or a filament: Our light bulbs burned out.
- to deprive of a place to live, work, etc., by reason of fire: They were burned out and had to live with relatives.
- to wear out; exhaust; be worn out; become exhausted.
- to burn completely or utterly: The papers burned up in a minute.
- Informal.to become angry: He burns up at the mention of her name.
Origin of burn1
Synonyms for burn
Related Words for burningscorching, flaming, searing, hot, glowing, gleaming, fiery, blazing, broiling, illuminated, alight, sizzling, blistering, heated, ignited, smoking, eager, earnest, caustic
Examples from the Web for burning
Contemporary Examples of burning
The correspondent does a stand-up next to a burning pile of heroin and gets a taste of its effect.BBC Reporter Gets High On The Job
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
December 23, 2014
On his Instagram account (which has since been taken down), Brinsley made one reference to burning an American flag.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish
December 22, 2014
It reacts very readily with oxygen by burning smokelessly, with carbon dioxide and water as its byproducts.Methane on Mars: Life or Just Gas?
Matthew R. Francis
December 17, 2014
But burning, rioting, and looting are disgraceful—and they make for real-life victims we somehow never hear about.It’s Time to Hold Protesters Accountable
December 4, 2014
Author James Patterson is calling out President Obama with a video of burning books.James Patterson Goes Full ‘Fahrenheit 451’ With Burning Book Video
November 25, 2014
Historical Examples of burning
Then there came upon him to reinforce this want a burning sense of defeat.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
There was a flame at his heart, a burning lump in his throat.Viviette
William J. Locke
Protection grew fierce, and fanned the burning sense of wrong.Weighed and Wanting
Care should be exercised in their baking to prevent them from burning.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Yesterday morning they were at Cowes, and we saw the smoke from the burning crofts.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
verb burns, burning, burnt or burned
Word Origin for burn
Word Origin for burn
Old English in the literal sense; c.1300 figurative, present participle adjective from burn (v.)). Burning question matches French question brûlante, German brennende Frage. Burning bush is from Exodus III. Burning glass is attested from 1560s.
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.
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