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  1. burn
    IPA[bərn]
  2. verb

    • 1. (of a fire) flame or glow while consuming a material such as coal or wood:

      a fire burned and crackled cheerfully in the grate
      Synonym : be on fire, be alight, be ablaze, blaze, go up, go up in smoke, be in flames, be aflame, smolder, glow, flare, flash, flicker, be afire, be ardent
    • 2. (of a candle or other source of light) be alight:

      a light was burning in the hall
    • 3. use (a type of fuel) as a source of heat or energy:

      a diesel engine converted to burn natural gas
    • 4. (of a person) convert (calories) to energy:

      the speed at which your body burns calories
    • 5. be or cause to be destroyed by fire:

      he watched his restaurant burn to the ground
      Synonym : set fire to, set on fire, set alight, set light to, light, set burning, ignite, touch off, put a match to, kindle, incinerate, reduce to ashes, destroy by fire, torch, fire, inflame
    • 6. damage or injure by heat or fire:

      I burned myself on the stove
    • 7. (of a person or a part of the body) become red and painful through exposure to the sun:

      my skin tans easily but sometimes burns
    • 8. feel hot or sore, typically as a result of illness or injury:

      her forehead was burning and her throat ached
      Synonym : smart, sting, tingle, prick, prickle, be irritated, be sore, hurt, be painful, throb, ache
    • 9. insult (someone) in a particularly cutting way:

      Mark burns him by saying he hasn't even heard of the guy's agency
    • 10. be possessed by (a desire or an emotion):

      Martha was burning with curiosity
      Synonym : be consumed by/with, be eaten up by/with, be obsessed by/with, be tormented by/with, be bedeviled by, seethe, boil, fume, smolder, simmer, be boiling over, be beside oneself, be livid, be wild, jump up and down, froth/foam at the mouth
    • 11. drive very fast:

      he burned past us like a maniac
    • 12. produce (a compact disc or DVD) by copying from an original or master copy.

    noun

    • 1. an injury caused by exposure to heat or flame:

      he was treated in the hospital for burns to his hands
    • 2. a mark left on something as a result of being burned:

      the carpet was covered with cigarette burns
    • 3. a feeling of heat and discomfort on the skin caused by friction, typically by a rope or razor:

      a smooth shave without razor burn
    • 4. a hot, painful sensation in the muscles experienced as a result of sustained vigorous exercise:

      work up a burn
    • 5. a particularly cutting insult:

      he's been on the receiving end of his fair share of sick burns “No, it's not ready, probably because I work twice as many accounts as you do.” (Burn!)
    • 6. consumption of a type of fuel as an energy source:

      natural gas produces the cleanest burn of the lot
    • 7. a firing of a rocket engine in flight.

    • 8. an act of clearing of vegetation by burning.

    • 9. an area of land cleared by burning.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: burn, plural noun: burns

    • v.: verb: burn, 3rd person present: burns, gerund or present participle: burning, past tense: burned, past participle: burned

    • noun

      a small stream; a brook.
    • verb

      (of a fire) flame or glow while consuming a material such as coal or wood:

      (of a candle or other source of light) be alight:

    • noun

      an injury caused by exposure to heat or flame:

      a mark left on something as a result of being burned:

    • noun

      a small stream.
    • adjective

      on fire:

      very hot or bright:

    • adjective

      on fire:

      very hot or bright:

    • verb

      past and past participle of burn
    • noun

      damage to a computer or television screen, caused by being left on too long.

      a reliability test in which a device is switched on for a long time.

    • (of a fire) produce brighter and stronger flames

      (of an object entering the earth's atmosphere) be destroyed by heat

    • noun

      an act of placing both hands on a person's arm and then twisting it with a wringing motion to produce a burning sensation.
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