- the termination of effective combustion in a rocket engine, due to exhaustion of propellant.
- the end of the powered portion of a rocket's flight.
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Origin of burnout
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Example sentences from the Web for burnout
A new study shows U.S. doctors have a burnout rate of 38 percent versus 28 percent for the general population.
But the burnout described in this and so many other articles is not really a malady.
Burnout is a real problem, with real downstream effects—poor employee performance, higher turnover, clinical depression.
Meet the Colbert family, where the oldest sister saved herself from burnout by finally mobilizing the men in the family to help.
Burnout of the second stage came suddenly, and we heaved slightly against our belts as the springs in our seats pushed back out.The Trouble with Telstar|John Berryman
It would take practically absolute simultaneity to overload to the point of burnout to those Strett generators.Masters of Space|Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for burnout
Idioms and Phrases with burnout
Stop functioning because something, such as fuel, has been used up. For example, There's nothing wrong with the lamp; the light bulb just burned out. [Late 1300s]
be burned out. Lose one's home, place of work, or school as the result of a fire. For example, Hundreds of tenants are burned out every year because of negligent landlords.
Also, burn oneself out. Make or become exhausted or disaffected, especially with one's work or schooling. For example, Many young lawyers burn themselves out after a few years of 70-hour weeks. This metaphoric term alludes to a fire going out for lack of new fuel. Robert Southey used it in an 1816 essay: “The spirit of Jacobinism was burnt out in France.” [1970s]