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Meaning of BURN

Pronunciation:  burn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  damage inflicted by burning
  2. [n]  a burned place or area
  3. [n]  an injury cause by exposure to heat or chemicals or radiation
  4. [n]  a browning of the skin resulting from exposure to the rays of the sun
  5. [n]  pain that feels hot as if it were on fire
  6. [v]  get a sunburn by overexposure to the sun
  7. [v]  burn with heat, fire, or radiation; "The iron burnt a hole in my dress"
  8. [v]  burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent; "The surgeon cauterized the wart"
  9. [v]  undergo combustion; "Maple wood burns well"
  10. [v]  cause to undergo combustion; "burn garbage"; "The car burns only Diesel oil"
  11. [v]  destroy by fire; "They burned the house and his diaries"
  12. [v]  use up (energy); "burn off calories through vigorous exercise"
  13. [v]  record a performance on; "cut a record"
  14. [v]  feel strong emotion, esp. anger or passion; "She was burning with anger"; "He was burning to try out his new skies"
  15. [v]  cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort; "The sun burned his face"
  16. [v]  feel hot or painful; "My eyes are burning"
  17. [v]  spend (significant amounts of money); "He has money to burn"
  18. [v]  burn at the stake; "Witches were burned in Salem"
  19. [v]  cause to burn or combust; "The sun burned off the fog"; "We combust coal and other fossil fuels"
  20. [v]  shine intensely, as if with heat; "The coals were glowing in the dark"; "The candles were burning"

BURN is a 4 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: bite, burn mark, burn off, burn up, burning, cauterise, cauterize, combust, combust, cut, glow, incinerate, sting, sunburn, sunburn, suntan, tan
 See Also: ache, backfire, beam, blacken, blaze, blaze up, blemish, blow, burn, burn, burn down, burn down, burn up, care for, change integrity, change state, char, char, cigarette burn, coal, color, colour, consume, cremate, damage, damage, defect, deplete, destroy, discolor, discolour, eat, eat up, electric burn, execute, exhaust, experience, feel, fire, first-degree burn, flame, flame up, flare, go up, gutter, harm, harm, hurt, hurt, hurt, hurting, hyperpigmentation, injury, light, pain, put to death, record, ruin, run through, scald, scald, scald, scathe, scorch, scorch, sear, second-degree burn, set ablaze, set afire, set aflame, set on fire, shine, singe, singe, smart, smolder, smoulder, squander, tape, third-degree burn, torch, trauma, treat, turn, urticate, use up, waste, wipe out



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Burn\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Burned} (?) or {Burnt} (?); p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Burning}.] [OE. bernen, brennen, v. t., early
    confused with beornen, birnen, v. i., AS. b[ae]rnan, bernan,
    v. t., birnan, v. i.; akin to OS. brinnan, OFries. barna,
    berna, OHG. brinnan, brennan, G. brennen, OD. bernen, D.
    branden, Dan. br[ae]nde, Sw. br["a]nna, brinna, Icel. brenna,
    Goth. brinnan, brannjan (in comp.), and possibly to E.
    1. To consume with fire; to reduce to ashes by the action of
       heat or fire; -- frequently intensified by up: as, to burn
       up wood. ``We'll burn his body in the holy place.''
    2. 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. 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. 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. 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.
             This tyrant fever burns me up.        --Shak.
             This dry sorrow burns up all my tears. --Dryden.
             When the cold north wind bloweth, . . . it devoureth
             the mountains, and burneth the wilderness, and
             consumeth the grass as fire.          --Ecclus.
                                                   xliii. 20, 21.
    6. (Surg.) To apply a cautery to; to cauterize.
    7. (Chem.) 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.
    {To burn}, {To burn together}, as two surfaces of metal
       (Engin.), to fuse and unite them by pouring over them a
       quantity of the same metal in a liquid state.
    {To burn a bowl} (Game of Bowls), to displace it
       accidentally, the bowl so displaced being said to be
    {To burn daylight}, to light candles before it is dark; to
       waste time; to perform superfluous actions. --Shak.
    {To burn one's fingers}, to get one's self into unexpected
       trouble, as by interfering the concerns of others,
       speculation, etc.
    {To burn out}, to destroy or obliterate by burning. ``Must
       you with hot irons burn out mine eyes?'' --Shak.
    {To be burned out}, to suffer loss by fire, as the burning of
       one's house, store, or shop, with the contents.
    {To burn up}, {To burn down}, to burn entirely.
  2. \Burn\, v. i.
    1. To be of fire; to flame. ``The mount burned with fire.''
       --Deut. ix. 15.
    2. To suffer from, or be scorched by, an excess of heat.
             Your meat doth burn, quoth I.         --Shak.
    3. 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
             Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked
             with us by the way?                   --Luke xxiv.
             The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne,
             Burned on the water.                  --Shak.
             Burning with high hope.               --Byron.
             The groan still deepens, and the combat burns.
             The parching air Burns frore, and cold performs the
             effect of fire.                       --Milton.
    4. (Chem.) To combine energetically, with evolution of heat;
       as, copper burns in chlorine.
    5. In certain games, to approach near to a concealed object
       which is sought. [Colloq.]
    {To burn out}, to burn till the fuel is exhausted.
    {To burn up}, {To burn down}, to be entirely consumed.
  3. \Burn\, n.
    1. A hurt, injury, or effect caused by fire or excessive or
       intense heat.
    2. The operation or result of burning or baking, as in
       brickmaking; as, they have a good burn.
    3. A disease in vegetables. See {Brand}, n., 6.
  4. \Burn\, n. [See 1st {Bourn}.]
    A small stream. [Scot.]
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