Definitions of burn

  1. cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort; " The sun burned his face"
  2. damage inflicted by burning
  3. an injury cause by exposure to heat or chemicals or radiation
  4. a browning of the skin resulting from exposure to the rays of the sun
  5. pain that feels hot as if it were on fire
  6. get a sunburn by overexposure to the sun
  7. burn with heat, fire, or radiation; " The iron burnt a hole in my dress"
  8. burn, sear, or freeze ( tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent; " The surgeon cauterized the wart"
  9. undergo combustion; " Maple wood burns well"
  10. destroy by fire; " They burned the house and his diaries"
  11. record a performance on; " cut a record"
  12. use up ( energy); " burn off calories through vigorous exercise"
  13. cause to burn or combust; " The sun burned off the fog"; " We combust coal and other fossil fuels"
  14. cause to undergo combustion; " burn garbage"; " The car burns only Diesel oil"
  15. create by duplicating data; " cut a disk"; " burn a CD"
  16. feel strong emotion, especially anger or passion; " She was burning with anger"; " He was burning to try out his new skies"
  17. feel hot or painful; " My eyes are burning"
  18. spend ( significant amounts of money); " He has money to burn"
  19. burn at the stake; " Witches were burned in Salem"
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. To apply a cautery to; to cauterize.
  24. 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.
  25. To be of fire; to flame.
  26. To suffer from, or be scorched by, an excess of heat.
  27. 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.
  28. To combine energetically, with evolution of heat; as, copper burns in chlorine.
  29. In certain games, to approach near to a concealed object which is sought.
  30. A hurt, injury, or effect caused by fire or excessive or intense heat.
  31. The operation or result of burning or baking, as in brickmaking; as, they have a good burn.
  32. A disease in vegetables. See Brand, n., 6.
  33. A small stream.
  34. To consume with fire; to reduce to ashes by the action of heat or fire; - frequently intensified by up: as, to burn up wood.
  35. To destroy or injure by fire; to reduce to ashes; to scorch; to inflame or tan ( the skin); to affect with a burning feeling.
  36. 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.
  37. An injury to the flesh caused by fire; the result of too much heat.
  38. Burnt and burned.
  39. Burning.
  40. To consume or injure by fire.
  41. A hurt or mark caused by fire.
  42. Injury or mark caused by fire.
  43. To be on fire; to feel great heat.
  44. To affect or destroy by or as by fire; consume; scorch.
  45. To be on fire; appear or feel hot; be eager or excited; glow.
  46. An effect or injury from burning; a burnt place.
  47. A brook or rivulet. bourn; bourne.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. To be on fire; to glow; to act with destructive violence; to be inflamed with passion or desire; to feel excess of heat.
  51. An injury to the flesh by the action of fire.
  52. 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.
  53. A brook; a small running stream.

Usage examples for burn

  1. " Well, I would burn that," I said. – Burr Junior by G. Manville Fenn
  2. And I cannot burn,- I cannot! – Hereward, The Last of the English by Charles Kingsley
  3. No wonder you're longing to burn your uncle and aunt. – The Altar Steps by Compton MacKenzie
  4. I'll burn it first chance. – Burr Junior by G. Manville Fenn
  5. They would never burn you! – Mrs. Red Pepper by Grace S. Richmond
  6. You see, we're neither of us in the 'ouse very often; we don't burn much. – The Nether World by George Gissing
  7. " But that did not mean I should burn it down," said Odalite. – Her Mother's Secret by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  8. To be ready for a fire that should burn up all you had. – The Promise of Air by Algernon Blackwood
  9. I burn; married to morrow! – The Double-Dealer by William Congreve
  10. She say Ba'teese burn the mill. – The White Desert by Courtney Ryley Cooper
  11. " Burn it," he said. – The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story by Various
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. You'll burn 'em if you try! – Peccavi by E. W. Hornung
  15. Then she knew nothing except that she must look away or burn. – Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard by Eleanor Farjeon
  16. Then I shall see that Torfrida burn at last. – Hereward, The Last of the English by Charles Kingsley
  17. Did you ever try the Caddon Burn? – Penny Plain by Anna Buchan (writing as O. Douglas)
  18. I know not; but I burn, and feel it so. – Lucasta by Richard Lovelace