Definitions for burnbɜrn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

burnbɜrn(v.)burned; burnt, burn•ing

  1. (v.i.)to consume fuel and give off heat, gases, and usu. light; be on fire.

  2. to undergo combustion; oxidize. to undergo fission or fusion.

    Category: Chemistry

  3. (of a fireplace, furnace, etc.) to contain a fire.

  4. to give off light; glow brightly:

    The lights burned all night.

  5. to be hot:

    The pavement burned in the noon sun.

  6. to produce or feel sharp pain or a stinging sensation:

    The whiskey burned in his throat.

  7. to be injured, damaged, scorched, or destroyed by fire, heat, or acid.

  8. to feel extreme anger.

  9. to feel strong emotion:

    to burn with desire.

  10. to sunburn.

  11. Slang. to die in an electric chair.

    Category: Status (usage)

  12. to be engraved by or as if by burning:

    His words burned into her heart.

  13. (v.t.)to cause to undergo combustion or be consumed partly or wholly by fire.

  14. to use as fuel or as a source of light:

    to burn coal.

  15. to sunburn.

  16. to injure, damage, scorch, or destroy with or as if with fire.

  17. to execute by burning at the stake.

  18. to produce with or as if with fire:

    to burn a hole.

  19. to cause sharp pain or a stinging sensation in:

    The iodine burned his cut.

  20. Slang. to cheat, deceive, or swindle:

    burned by a phony stock deal.

    Category: Status (usage)

  21. to record data on (a compact disc).

    Category: Computers

  22. burn down, to burn to the ground.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  23. burn in, (in printing from a photographic negative) to expose (parts of an image) to more light for increased density. to run (a new computer or other electronic system) continuously for several hours or days, as a test of quality before delivery to the purchaser.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Photography, Computers

  24. burn off, (of morning mist) to be dissipated by the warmth of the rising sun.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  25. burn out, to cease operating or functioning because of heat, friction, or lack of fuel. to deprive of a place to live, work, etc., by reason of fire. to exhaust (oneself) or become exhausted or apathetic through overwork, stress, or intense activity.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Verb Phrase

  26. burn up, to burn completely. Informal. to make or become angry.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  27. (n.)a burned place or area.

  28. an injury caused by heat, abnormal cold, chemicals, poison gas, or electricity, and characterized by a painful reddening and swelling of the epidermis

    Category: Pathology

    Ref: ( first-degree burn ); ( second-degree burn ); ( third-degree burn ).

  29. the process or an instance of burning or baking, as in brickmaking.

  30. the firing of a rocket engine.

    Category: Rocketry

  31. Slang. a swindle.

    Category: Status (usage)

Idioms for burn:

  1. burn one's fingers,to suffer injury or loss by meddling or by acting rashly.

    Category: Idiom

  2. burn the candle at both ends,to use up one's strength or energy by immoderation.

    Category: Idiom

  3. burn the midnight oil,to work, study, etc., until late at night.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of burn:

bef. 900; ME bernen, brennen, OE beornan (intrans.)



  1. a brook or rivulet.

    Category: Scottish

* Scot..

Origin of burn:

bef. 900; ME b(o)urne, OE burna, brunna brook

Princeton's WordNet

  1. burn, burning(noun)

    pain that feels hot as if it were on fire

  2. tan, suntan, sunburn, burn(noun)

    a browning of the skin resulting from exposure to the rays of the sun

  3. burn(noun)

    an injury caused by exposure to heat or chemicals or radiation

  4. burn, burn mark(noun)

    a place or area that has been burned (especially on a person's body)

  5. burn(verb)

    damage inflicted by fire

  6. burn, fire, burn down(verb)

    destroy by fire

    "They burned the house and his diaries"

  7. burn, glow(verb)

    shine intensely, as if with heat

    "The coals were glowing in the dark"; "The candles were burning"

  8. burn, combust(verb)

    undergo combustion

    "Maple wood burns well"

  9. bite, sting, burn(verb)

    cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort

    "The sun burned his face"

  10. burn, combust(verb)

    cause to burn or combust

    "The sun burned off the fog"; "We combust coal and other fossil fuels"

  11. burn(verb)

    feel strong emotion, especially anger or passion

    "She was burning with anger"; "He was burning to try out his new skies"

  12. burn, incinerate(verb)

    cause to undergo combustion

    "burn garbage"; "The car burns only Diesel oil"

  13. burn(verb)

    burn at the stake

    "Witches were burned in Salem"

  14. burn(verb)

    spend (significant amounts of money)

    "He has money to burn"

  15. burn(verb)

    feel hot or painful

    "My eyes are burning"

  16. cauterize, cauterise, burn(verb)

    burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent

    "The surgeon cauterized the wart"

  17. sunburn, burn(verb)

    get a sunburn by overexposure to the sun

  18. cut, burn(verb)

    create by duplicating data

    "cut a disk"; "burn a CD"

  19. burn off, burn, burn up(verb)

    use up (energy)

    "burn off calories through vigorous exercise"

  20. burn(verb)

    burn with heat, fire, or radiation

    "The iron burnt a hole in my dress"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. burn(verb)ɜrn

    to injure, damage or destroy with fire, heat or a chemical reaction

    The house had been burned to the ground.; They burned the papers to destroy the evidence.; Don't burn the toast.; The chemical burned a hole through the metal.

  2. burnɜrn

    to produce fire, heat or light

    burning leaves; candles burning in the window

  3. burnɜrn

    to feel hot or sore

    Her cheeks burned slightly.

  4. burnɜrn

    to feel emotion strongly

    He was burning with desire/curiosity.

  5. burnɜrn

    to transfer information onto a CD

    to burn a CD

  6. burnɜrn

    to make it impossible to return to an earlier state

    Never burn your bridges with previous employers.

  7. burn(noun)ɜrn

    an injury caused by fire or heat

    severe burns

Webster Dictionary

  1. Burn(verb)

    to consume with fire; to reduce to ashes by the action of heat or fire; -- frequently intensified by up: as, to burn up wood

  2. Burn(verb)

    to injure by fire or heat; to change destructively some property or properties of, by undue exposure to fire or heat; to scorch; to scald; to blister; to singe; to char; to sear; as, to burn steel in forging; to burn one's face in the sun; the sun burns the grass

  3. Burn(verb)

    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

  4. Burn(verb)

    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

  5. Burn(verb)

    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

  6. Burn(verb)

    to apply a cautery to; to cauterize

  7. Burn(verb)

    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

  8. Burn(verb)

    to be of fire; to flame

  9. Burn(verb)

    to suffer from, or be scorched by, an excess of heat

  10. Burn(verb)

    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

  11. Burn(verb)

    to combine energetically, with evolution of heat; as, copper burns in chlorine

  12. Burn(verb)

    in certain games, to approach near to a concealed object which is sought

  13. Burn(noun)

    a hurt, injury, or effect caused by fire or excessive or intense heat

  14. Burn(noun)

    the operation or result of burning or baking, as in brickmaking; as, they have a good burn

  15. Burn(noun)

    a disease in vegetables. See Brand, n., 6

  16. Burn(noun)

    a small stream


  1. Burn

    "Burn" is a song by American R&B singer Usher, which he wrote with American songwriters Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox. The song was produced by Dupri and Cox for Usher's fourth studio album, Confessions. "Burn" is about breakup in a relationship, and the public referred to it as an allusion to Usher's personal struggles. Originally planned as the album's lead single, "Burn" was pushed back after favorable responses for the song "Yeah!". "Burn" was released as the second single from the album in July 2004. "Burn" topped various charts around the world, including the Billboard Hot 100 for eight non-consecutive weeks; it succeeded "Yeah!" at number one. Both singles gave Usher nineteen consecutive weeks at the top spot, longer than any solo artist of the Hot 100 era. "Burn" was certified platinum in Australia and United States, and gold in New Zealand. The song was well received by critics and garnered award nominations. In 2009 it was named the 21st most successful song of the 2000s, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade. This song won the 2005 Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Song.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'burn' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3981

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'burn' in Verbs Frequency: #386

Translations for burn

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to destroy, damage or injure by fire, heat, acid etc

The fire burned all my papers; I've burnt the meat.

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