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Definitions of burn

  1. cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort; " The sun burned his face"
  2. shine intensely, as if with heat; " The coals were glowing in the dark"; " The candles were burning"
  3. damage inflicted by burning
  4. a burned place or area
  5. an injury cause by exposure to heat or chemicals or radiation
  6. a browning of the skin resulting from exposure to the rays of the sun
  7. pain that feels hot as if it were on fire
  8. get a sunburn by overexposure to the sun
  9. burn with heat, fire, or radiation; " The iron burnt a hole in my dress"
  10. burn, sear, or freeze ( tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent; " The surgeon cauterized the wart"
  11. undergo combustion; " Maple wood burns well"
  12. destroy by fire; " They burned the house and his diaries"
  13. record a performance on; " cut a record"
  14. use up ( energy); " burn off calories through vigorous exercise"
  15. cause to burn or combust; " The sun burned off the fog"; " We combust coal and other fossil fuels"
  16. cause to undergo combustion; " burn garbage"; " The car burns only Diesel oil"
  17. create by duplicating data; " cut a disk"; " burn a CD"
  18. feel strong emotion, especially anger or passion; " She was burning with anger"; " He was burning to try out his new skies"
  19. feel hot or painful; " My eyes are burning"
  20. spend ( significant amounts of money); " He has money to burn"
  21. burn at the stake; " Witches were burned in Salem"
  22. To perfect or improve by fire or heat; to submit to the action of fire or heat for some economic purpose; to destroy or change some property or properties of, by exposure to fire or heat in due degree for obtaining a desired residuum, product, or effect; to bake; as, to burn clay in making bricks or pottery; to burn wood so as to produce charcoal; to burn limestone for the lime.
  23. To make or produce, as an effect or result, by the application of fire or heat; as, to burn a hole; to burn charcoal; to burn letters into a block.
  24. To consume, injure, or change the condition of, as if by action of fire or heat; to affect as fire or heat does; as, to burn the mouth with pepper.
  25. To apply a cautery to; to cauterize.
  26. To cause to combine with oxygen or other active agent, with evolution of heat; to consume; to oxidize; as, a man burns a certain amount of carbon at each respiration; to burn iron in oxygen.
  27. To be of fire; to flame.
  28. To suffer from, or be scorched by, an excess of heat.
  29. To have a condition, quality, appearance, sensation, or emotion, as if on fire or excessively heated; to act or rage with destructive violence; to be in a state of lively emotion or strong desire; as, the face burns; to burn with fever.
  30. To combine energetically, with evolution of heat; as, copper burns in chlorine.
  31. In certain games, to approach near to a concealed object which is sought.
  32. A hurt, injury, or effect caused by fire or excessive or intense heat.
  33. The operation or result of burning or baking, as in brickmaking; as, they have a good burn.
  34. A disease in vegetables. See Brand, n., 6.
  35. A small stream.
  36. To consume with fire; to reduce to ashes by the action of heat or fire; - frequently intensified by up: as, to burn up wood.
  37. Injuries to tissues caused by contact with heat, steam, chemicals ( BURNS, CHEMICAL), electricity ( BURNS, ELECTRIC), or the like.
  38. To destroy or injure by fire; to reduce to ashes; to scorch; to inflame or tan ( the skin); to affect with a burning feeling.
  39. To be on fire; to suffer from, or be injured by, too much heat; to glow; to shine; to be inflamed with passion or desire; as, he burns to win fame.
  40. An injury to the flesh caused by fire; the result of too much heat.
  41. Burnt and burned.
  42. Burning.
  43. 1. To consume with fire. 2. To cause a lesion of the skin by heat. 3. To cause a lesion by acid or any other agent, similar to that caused by heat; to cauterize. 4. To suffer pain caused by excessive heat, or a similar pain from any cause. 5. A lesion caused by heat or any cauterizing agent.
  44. To consume or injure by fire.
  45. To be on fire: to feel excess of heat: to be inflamed with passion:- pa. p. burned or burnt.
  46. A hurt or mark caused by fire.
  47. Injury or mark caused by fire.
  48. To be on fire; to feel great heat.
  49. To affect or destroy by or as by fire; consume; scorch.
  50. To be on fire; appear or feel hot; be eager or excited; glow.
  51. An effect or injury from burning; a burnt place.
  52. A brook or rivulet. bourn; bourne.
  53. A bodily hurt or injury caused by fire; the operation of burning or baking, as in brick- making; a brook. To burn one's fingers, to suffer from speculating or interfering in other men's matters.
  54. To consume or injure with fire; to subject to the action of fire; to affect, as by the action of fire; to consume chemically; to cauterize.
  55. To be on fire; to glow; to act with destructive violence; to be inflamed with passion or desire; to feel excess of heat.
  56. An injury to the flesh by the action of fire.
  57. To injure by fire; to reduce to ashes by the action of fire; to harden by fire; to scorch, as the clothes; to be on fire; to shine; to rage with violence or passion; to feel excess of heat in the body.
  58. A brook; a small running stream.
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Usage examples for burn

  1. I'll burn it first chance. – Burr Junior by G. Manville Fenn
  2. " Well, I would burn that," I said. – Burr Junior by G. Manville Fenn
  3. No wonder you're longing to burn your uncle and aunt. – The Altar Steps by Compton MacKenzie
  4. " Burn it," he said. – The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story by Various
  5. Then she knew nothing except that she must look away or burn. – Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard by Eleanor Farjeon
  6. Did you ever try the Caddon Burn? – Penny Plain by Anna Buchan (writing as O. Douglas)
  7. On the way he heard a few words of a conversation which made his ears burn. – Pelle the Conqueror, Vol. 2 by Martin Anderson Nexo
  8. He took out a match as he went toward the table at the window, and in a moment more he was busy with a wick which seemed to be determined not to burn for him. – Ahead of the Army by W. O. Stoddard
  9. I burn; married to morrow! – The Double-Dealer by William Congreve
  10. And I cannot burn,- I cannot! – Hereward, The Last of the English by Charles Kingsley
  11. You'll burn 'em if you try! – Peccavi by E. W. Hornung
  12. To be ready for a fire that should burn up all you had. – The Promise of Air by Algernon Blackwood
  13. You see, we're neither of us in the 'ouse very often; we don't burn much. – The Nether World by George Gissing
  14. " But that did not mean I should burn it down," said Odalite. – Her Mother's Secret by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  15. She should burn the book that he had given her, and not possess the slightest object which could remind her of him. – The Ice-Maiden: and Other Tales. by Hans Christian Andersen
  16. They would never burn you! – Mrs. Red Pepper by Grace S. Richmond
  17. Then I shall see that Torfrida burn at last. – Hereward, The Last of the English by Charles Kingsley
  18. I know not; but I burn, and feel it so. – Lucasta by Richard Lovelace
  19. She say Ba'teese burn the mill. – The White Desert by Courtney Ryley Cooper
  20. So now I took it down to the burn. – Bye-Ways by Robert Smythe Hichens
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