What does burn mean?

Definitions for burn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word burn.

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"

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Burn

    burn, n. a small stream or brook: a spring or fountain. [A.S. burna; cog. with Dut. and Ger. born.]

  2. Burn

    burn, v.t. to consume or injure by fire.—v.i. to be on fire: to feel excess of heat: to be inflamed with passion:—pa.p. burned or burnt.—n. a hurt or mark caused by fire.—ns. Burn′er, the part of a lamp or gas-jet from which the flame arises; Burn′ing, act of consuming by fire: conflagration: inflammation.—adj. very hot: scorching: ardent: excessive.—ns. Burn′ing-glass, a convex lens concentrating the sun's rays at its focus; Burn′ing-house, a kiln; Burn′ing-mirr′or, a concave mirror for producing heat by concentrating the sun's rays; Burn′ing-point, the temperature at which a volatile oil in an open vessel will take fire from a match held close to its surface; Burnt′-ear, a kind of smut in oats, wheat, &c., caused by a microscopic fungus; Burnt′-off′ering, something offered and burned upon an altar as a sacrifice—amongst the Hebrews, apparently offerings of dedication and to some extent of expiation; Burnt′-sienn′a (see Sienna); Burn′-the-wind (Scot.), a blacksmith.—Burn a hole in one's pocket, said of money, when one is eager to spend it; Burn blue, to burn with a bluish flame like that of brimstone; Burn daylight (Shak.), to waste time in superfluous actions; Burn down, to burn to the ground; Burn in, to eat into, as fire: to fix and render durable, as colours, by means of intense heat, to imprint indelibly on the mind; Burning bush, the emblem of the Presbyterian churches of Scotland, with the motto, 'Nec tamen consumebatur,' adopted from Ex. iii. 2, in memory of the unconquerable courage of the Covenanters under the cruel persecutions of the 17th century; Burning question, one being keenly discussed; Burn one's boats, to cut one's self off, as Cortes did, from all chance of retreat, to stake everything on success; Burn one's fingers, to suffer from interfering in others' affairs, from embarking in speculations, &c.; Burn out, to destroy by means of burning: to burn till the fire dies down from want of fuel; Burn the water, to spear salmon by torchlight; Burn up, to consume completely by fire: to be burned completely. [A.S.; the weak verb bœrnan, bœrnde, bœrned, has been confused with beornan, byrnan, barn, bornen; cf. Ger. brennen, to burn.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. burn

    The Anglo-Saxon term for a small stream or brook, originating from springs, and winding through meadows, thus differing from a beck. Shakspeare makes Edgar say in "King Lear"-- "Come o'er the bourn, Bessy, to me." The word also signifies a boundary.

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of burn in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of burn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of burn in a Sentence

  1. William Shakespeare, "The Merry Wives of Windsor", Act 1 scene 4:

    We burn daylight.

  2. B. J. Gupta:

    Earn but don't burn.

  3. The President:

    What can burn ? It's stone.

  4. Gene Roddenberry:

    Time is the fire in which we burn.

  5. Rajendra Dhungana:

    I've watched hundreds of bodies burn.

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