burning

[ bur-ning ]
/ ˈbɜr nɪŋ /

adjective

noun


Nearby words

  1. burney, charles,
  2. burney, fanny,
  3. burnham,
  4. burnham scale,
  5. burnham, daniel hudson,
  6. burning bush,
  7. burning ghat,
  8. burning glass,
  9. burning question,
  10. burningly

Origin of burning

before 1000; Middle English brenning (noun, adj.), Old English byrnende (adj.). See burn1, -ing1, -ing2

Related formsburn·ing·ly, adverbnon·burn·ing, adjective, nounun·burn·ing, adjective

Origin of burn

1
before 900; Middle English bernen, brennen, Old English beornan (intransitive), (cognate with Gothic, Old High German brinnan), and Old English bærnan (transitive), (cognate with Gothic brannjan, Old High German brennen)

Related forms

Synonym study

16. Burn, scorch, sear, singe refer to the effect of fire or heat. To burn is to consume, wholly or in part, by contact with fire or excessive heat: to burn leaves. Scorch implies superficial or slight burning, resulting in a change of color or in injury to the texture because of shriveling or curling: to scorch a dress while ironing. Sear refers especially to the drying or hardening caused by heat: to sear a roast of meat. Singe applies especially to a superficial burning that takes off ends or projections: to singe hair; singe the pinfeathers from a chicken.

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British Dictionary definitions for burning

burning

/ (ˈbɜːnɪŋ) /

adjective

intense; passionate
urgent; cruciala burning problem

noun

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
Derived Formsburningly, adverb

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 burning
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Medicine definitions for burning

burn

[ bûrn ]

v.

n.


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Science definitions for burning

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 burning

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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