What does burning mean?

Definitions for burning
ˈbɜr nɪŋburn·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. burning, combustionnoun

    the act of burning something

    "the burning of leaves was prohibited by a town ordinance"

  2. burn, burningnoun

    pain that feels hot as if it were on fire

  3. combustion, burningnoun

    a process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give heat and light

  4. electrocution, burningnoun

    execution by electricity

  5. burning, burning at the stakenoun

    execution by fire

  6. burningadjective

    a form of torture in which cigarettes or cigars or other hot implements are used to burn the victim's skin

  7. burning(a)adjective

    of immediate import

    "burning issues of the day"


  1. burningnoun

    A fire.

    The burnings continued all day.

  2. burningadjective

    So hot as to seem to burn (something).

    the burning sun

  3. burningadjective

    Feeling very hot.

    burning skin

  4. burningadjective

    Feeling great passion.

    her burning heart

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Burningnoun

    Fire; flame; state of inflammation.

    Etymology: from burn.

    The mind surely, of itself, can feel none of the burnings of a fever. South.

    In liquid burnings, or on dry to dwell,
    Is all the sad variety of hell. John Dryden, State of Innocence.


  1. burning

    Combustion, or burning, is a high-temperature exothermic redox chemical reaction between a fuel (the reductant) and an oxidant, usually atmospheric oxygen, that produces oxidized, often gaseous products, in a mixture termed as smoke. Combustion does not always result in fire, because a flame is only visible when substances undergoing combustion vaporize, but when it does, a flame is a characteristic indicator of the reaction. While the activation energy must be overcome to initiate combustion (e.g., using a lit match to light a fire), the heat from a flame may provide enough energy to make the reaction self-sustaining. Combustion is often a complicated sequence of elementary radical reactions.


  1. burning

    Burning typically refers to the process of causing combustion or setting something on fire, resulting in the production of flames, heat, or smoke. It involves the rapid chemical reaction between a fuel source and an oxidizing agent, such as oxygen, leading to the release of energy in the form of heat and light. The act of burning can occur naturally, such as in wildfires, or as a controlled technique, including burning of waste materials or the ignition of fuel in engines.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Burning

    of Burn

  2. Burningadjective

    that burns; being on fire; excessively hot; fiery

  3. Burningadjective

    consuming; intense; inflaming; exciting; vehement; powerful; as, burning zeal

  4. Burningnoun

    the act of consuming by fire or heat, or of subjecting to the effect of fire or heat; the state of being on fire or excessively heated

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Burning

    (a) In a dynamo, the production of shifting and temporary arcs between the commutator and brushes, which arcs produce heat enough to injure the parts in question. (b) In electro-plating, a defect due to too strong a current in proportion to the strength of solution and area of electrodes. This gives a black or badly-colored deposit.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'burning' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4491

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'burning' in Adjectives Frequency: #847

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of burning in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of burning in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of burning in a Sentence

  1. Erik Johnson of Lindenhurst:

    I was trying to get it out of my pocket, it started burning right through my pants. It was burning my leg, and I had to get my pants off somehow.

  2. Mr Scolaro:

    As soon as the medication went in he immediately reported burning, all the warnings out there say when there is a reported burning, you stop.

  3. Harry Emerson Fosdick:

    Hating people is like burning down your house to get rid of a rat.

  4. Mother Teresa:

    To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.

  5. Mother Teresa:

    If we want a love message to be heard, it has to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.

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