[ bur-ning ]
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  1. aflame; on fire.

  2. very hot; simmering: The water was burning.

  1. very bright; glowing: She wore a burning red bathing suit.

  2. caused by or as if by fire, a burn, or heat: He had a burning sensation in his throat.

  3. intense; passionate: a burning desire.

  4. urgent or crucial: a burning question.

  1. the state, process, sensation, or effect of being on fire, burned, or subjected to intense heat.

  2. the baking of ceramic products to develop hardness and other properties.

  1. the heating or the calcining of certain ores and rocks as a preliminary stage in various industrial processes.

Origin of burning

First recorded before 1000; Middle English brenning, Old English byrnende; see burn1, -ing1, -ing2

Other words from burning

  • burn·ing·ly, adverb
  • non·burn·ing, adjective, noun
  • un·burn·ing, adjective

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How to use burning in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for burning


/ (ˈbɜːnɪŋ) /

  1. intense; passionate

  2. urgent; crucial: a burning problem

  1. a form of heat treatment used to harden and finish ceramic materials or to prepare certain ores for further treatment by calcination

  2. overheating of an alloy during heat treatment in which local fusion or excessive oxide formation and penetration occur, weakening the alloy

  1. the heat treatment of particular kinds of gemstones to change their colour

Derived forms of burning

  • burningly, adverb

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