- of or showing earth pigments that have been calcined and changed to a deeper and warmer color: burnt ocher.
- of or showing colors having a deeper or grayer hue than is usually associated with them: burnt orange; burnt rose.
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
Examples from the Web for burnt
Contemporary Examples of burnt
For Paul, the thrill of breakfast with the Reverend, may be giving way to the taste of burnt toast.GOP Won’t Forgive Rand for Cop Critique
December 23, 2014
I learned some things I can't unlearn: human kneecaps look like rocks; bones when burnt, shrink and twist.Knowing Where the Bodies Are Buried: An Excerpt From 'Lives in Ruins'
November 14, 2014
What does the preciousness of our white flesh represent in contrast to burnt brown bodies created by our bombs?Thank Goodness We’ve Got A Plan! Let the War Begin!
September 14, 2014
Omran, who was 17 at the time, was completely bald, weak, and as frail as a burnt match.Beating Cancer & Dodging Israel's Bombs
September 1, 2014
Then he panicked and took her body somewhere and burnt it on fire!Deep Thoughts from War Machine's Sexist, Racist Prison Blog
August 21, 2014
Historical Examples of burnt
The inside of the church was then burnt, and hardly one escaped.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
This we also burnt with fire, after we had protected the fresh flint by plastering it with clay.The Trail Book
The Lawd will pahvide whethah it's a burnt offerin' or a meal's vittles.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
Her hair was short, too, and some of the colour had been burnt out of it by the fever.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
I sent for you in order to tell you that I burnt that letter at Audierne.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
verb burns, burning, burnt or burned
Word Origin for burn
Word Origin for burn
past participle adjective from alternative past participle of burn (v.). Burnt offering (late 14c.) is biblical (e.g. Ex. xx:24, Mark xii:33).
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