aflame; on fire.
very hot; simmering: The water was burning.
very bright; glowing: She wore a burning red bathing suit.
caused by or as if by fire, a burn, or heat: He had a burning sensation in his throat.
intense; passionate: a burning desire.
urgent or crucial: a burning question.
the state, process, sensation, or effect of being on fire, burned, or subjected to intense heat.
the baking of ceramic products to develop hardness and other properties.
the heating or the calcining of certain ores and rocks as a preliminary stage in various industrial processes.
- burn·ing·ly, adverb
- non·burn·ing, adjective, noun
- un·burn·ing, adjective
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How to use burning in a sentence
The state passed a few new laws in 2018 designed to facilitate more intentional burning.They Know How to Prevent Megafires. Why Won’t Anybody Listen? | by Elizabeth Weil | August 28, 2020 | ProPublica
After settlers forcibly removed Indigenous people from the land, their cultural burning practices were eventually replaced by policies of full-on fire suppression.California and the Forest Service have a plan to prevent future catastrophic fires | Ula Chrobak | August 27, 2020 | Popular-Science
Each year, the burning of fossil fuels emits about 100 times more carbon dioxide than volcanoes emit — too much too fast for oceans and weathering to neutralize it, which is why our climate is warming and our oceans are acidifying.How Earth’s Climate Changes Naturally (and Why Things Are Different Now) | Howard Lee | July 21, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
The burning keeps trees from growing — and also burns up old plants, returning their nutrients to the soil, too.
Most people know that the burning of fossil fuels spews a lot of this gas.
The correspondent does a stand-up next to a burning pile of heroin and gets a taste of its effect.
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 | M.L. Nestel | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It reacts very readily with oxygen by burning smokelessly, with carbon dioxide and water as its byproducts.
Tank Battle Kim's death -- a clean version of Kim's Face shot (no head burning or head exploding).Sony Emails Show How the Studio Plans to Censor Kim Jong Un Assassination Comedy ‘The Interview’ | William Boot | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I was tired, my eyes burning from the road and kind of disoriented.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan | | December 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Its backbone should be the study of biology and its substance should be the threshing out of the burning questions of our day.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Immediately Messa went up the stairs, and safely reached a large room where two candles were burning on a buffet.
A lurid spot on each cheek showed burning red through the bronze of his skin.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
From early morn to early morn again, the hot winds continued, and the air was surcharged with the smell of burning plants.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
A burning controversy between the Averroists and the orthodox schoolmen.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II) | Henry Osborn Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for burning
urgent; crucial: a burning problem
a form of heat treatment used to harden and finish ceramic materials or to prepare certain ores for further treatment by calcination
overheating of an alloy during heat treatment in which local fusion or excessive oxide formation and penetration occur, weakening the alloy
the heat treatment of particular kinds of gemstones to change their colour
- burningly, adverb
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