Three burning candles.
- The definition of a burn is a place or area destroyed or damage by fire.
An example of a burn is a mark on one's finger from touching a flame.
- Burn means to be on fire, to be destroyed by fire or to give off light.
- An example of to burn is when a pile of oily rags catches on fire.
- An example of to burn is to be injured after sticking your hand in a fire.
- An example of to burn is for a candle to create a flame.
transitive verbburned or burnt, burn′ing
- to set on fire or subject to combustion, as in order to produce heat, light, or power
- to destroy by fire
- to put to death by fire
- to injure or damage by fire or something with the effect of fire, as intense heat, friction, or acid; scorch, singe, scald, etc.
- to consume as fuel: to burn much gasoline
- to transform (body fat, etc.) into energy by metabolism
- to sunburn
- to brand
- to cauterize
- to harden or glaze (bricks, pottery, etc.) by fire; fire
- to cause by fire, heat, etc.: to burn a hole in a coat
- to cause a sensation of heat in: the horseradish burns the throat
- to use (candles, lights, heaters, etc.)
- Slang to electrocute
- Slang: often used in the passive
- to cheat, swindle, or rob
- to cause to suffer through misplaced trust or confidence
- to copy (data, audio or video files, etc.) onto (a CD, DVD, etc.) by means of a laser
Origin of burnMiddle English brennen, bernen, burnen from Old Norse and OE: Old Norse brenna, to burn, light; Old English bærnan, to kindle (akin to Gothic brannjan, to cause to burn) and beornan, to be on fire, metathetic from Germanic an unverified form brinnan from Indo-European an unverified form bhre-n-u- from base an unverified form bhereu-, to boil forth, well up from source bourn, bread, Classical Latin fervere, Welsh brydis, to boil
- to be on fire; flame; blaze
- to undergo combustion
- to give out light or heat; shine; glow
- to be destroyed by fire or heat
- to be injured or damaged by or as by fire or heat; become scorched, singed, etc.
- to die by fire
- to feel hot
- to be excited or inflamed, as with desire, anger, etc.
- Slang to be electrocuted
- an injury or damage caused by fire, heat, radiation, wind, caustics, etc.: in medicine, burns are classified as first-degree burn, reddening, second-degree burn, blistering, and third-degree burn, destruction of the skin and the tissues under it
- the process or result of burning, as in brick making
- a single firing of a rocket or thruster on a space vehicle
- to cease burning through lack of fuel
- to disintegrate or wear out by heat from friction, etc.
- to destroy the home, business, etc. of by fire
- to exhaust (oneself) or become exhausted from overwork, stress, or dissipation
- to accelerate a vehicle so rapidly that the tires squeal as they spin without traction
- Informal to move rapidly; hurry; rush
- to burn completely
- Slang to make or become angry
Origin of burnMiddle English burne, bourn
verbburned, or burnt burn·ing, burns
- To undergo combustion or be consumed as fuel: The dry wood burned quickly.
- To be damaged, injured, or destroyed by fire, heat, radiation, electricity, or a caustic agent: a house that burned to the ground; eggs that burned and stuck to the pan.
- To consume fuel: a rocket stage designed to burn for three minutes before being jettisoned.
- a. To emit heat or light by fire or energy: campfires burning in the dark; lights burning in the windows.b. To become dissipated or be dispelled: The fog burned off as the sun came up. Their anger burned away in time.
- a. To suffer death or punishment by fire: souls burning in hell.b. To be electrocuted.
- a. To be very hot; bake: a desert burning under the midday sun.b. To feel or look hot: a child burning with fever.c. To impart a sensation of heat: a liniment that burns when first applied.
- a. To penetrate something by intense heat, energy, or caustic effect: The acid burned into the table.b. To cause a strong impression, especially by emotional intensity: a look that burned into them; shame burning into my heart.
- a. To become irritated or painful, as by chafing or inflammation: eyes burning from the smoke.b. To become sunburned or windburned.
- To be consumed with strong emotion, especially:a. To be or become angry: an insult that really made me burn.b. To be very eager: was burning with ambition.
- a. To cause to undergo combustion, especially to the point of destruction: We burned the scrap wood in the fireplace.b. To consume (fuel or energy, for example): burned all the wood that winter.
- a. To use as a fuel: a furnace that burns coal.b. To metabolize (glucose, for example) in the body.
- To damage or injure by fire, heat, radiation, electricity, or a caustic agent: burned the toast; burned my skin with the acid.
- a. To make or produce by fire or heat: burn a hole in the rug.b. To dispel or dissipate, as by heat: The sun burned off the fog. Resentments that burned away their tender feelings.
- a. To execute or kill with fire: burning heretics at the stake.b. To execute by electrocution.
- a. To irritate or inflame, as by chafing or sunburn.b. To impart a sensation of intense heat to: The chili burned my mouth.c. To make angry: What really burns me is his arrogance.
- To brand (an animal).
- a. To engrave or make indelible by burning: burned his initials into the wood.b. To cause to be felt or remembered because of emotional intensity: The image of the accident was burned into my memory.
- To harden or impart a finish to by subjecting to intense heat; fire: burn clay pots in a kiln.
- a. To defeat in a contest, especially by a narrow margin.b. Sports To outplay or score on (an opponent), especially through quick or deceptive movement.c. To inflict harm or hardship on; hurt: “Huge loan losses have burned banks in recent years” ( Christian Science Monitor )d. To swindle or deceive; cheat: We really got burned on the used car we bought.
- a. To write data onto (an optical disc).b. To write (data) onto an optical disc.
- An injury produced by fire, heat, radiation, electricity, or a caustic agent.
- A burned place or area: a cigarette burn in the tablecloth.
- An act, process, or result of burning: The fire settled down to a steady burn.
- A sensation of intense heat, stinging pain, or irritation: a chili burn on the tongue; the burn of alcohol on an open wound.
- A sunburn or windburn.
Origin of burnMiddle English burnen from Old English beornan to be on fire, and from bærnan to set on fire ; see gwher- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of burnMiddle English from Old English burna ; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots.
- A physical injury caused by heat or cold or electricity or radiation or caustic chemicals.
- She had second-degree burns from falling in the bonfire.
- The act of burning something.
- They're doing a controlled burn of the fields.
- Physical sensation in the muscles following strenuous exercise, caused by build-up of lactic acid.
- One and, two and, keep moving; feel the burn!
- (slang) An intense non-physical sting, as left by an effective insult.
- (UK, chiefly prison slang) tobacco
- The operation or result of burning or baking, as in brickmaking.
- They have a good burn.
- A disease in vegetables; brand.
(third-person singular simple present burns, present participle burning, simple past and past participle burned or burnt (mostly UK))
- (intransitive) To be consumed by fire, or at least in flames.
- He watched the house burn.
- (intransitive) To become overheated to the point of being unusable.
- The grill was too hot and the steak was burned.
- (intransitive) To feel hot, e.g. due to embarrassment.
- Her cheeks burned with shame.
- The child's forehead was burning with fever.
- (intransitive) To sunburn.
- She forgot to put on sunscreen and burned.
- (intransitive, curling) To accidentally touch a moving stone.
- (ergative) To cause to be consumed by fire.
- He burned his manuscript in the fireplace.
- (ergative) To overheat so as to make unusable.
- He burned the toast.
- To injure (a person or animal) with heat or caustic chemicals.
- She burned the child with an iron, and was jailed for ten years.
- To make or produce by the application of fire or burning heat.
- to burn a hole; to burn letters into a block
- To consume, injure, or change the condition of, as if by action of fire or heat; to affect as fire or heat does.
- to burn the mouth with pepper
- (surgery) To cauterize.
- (slang) To betray.
- The informant burned him.
- (computing) To write data to a permanent storage medium like a compact disc or a ROM chip.
- We’ll burn this program onto an EEPROM one hour before the demo begins.
- To waste (time).
- We have an hour to burn.
- (slang) To insult or defeat.
- I just burned you again.
- (card games) In pontoon, to swap a pair of cards for another pair. Also to deal a dead card.
- (photography) To increase the exposure for certain areas of a print in order to make them lighter (compare dodge).
- (chemistry, dated) To combine energetically, with evolution of heat.
- Copper burns in chlorine.
- (chemistry) To cause to combine with oxygen or other active agent, with evolution of heat; to consume; to oxidize.
- A human being burns a certain amount of carbon at each respiration
- to burn iron in oxygen
- In certain games, to approach near to a concealed object which is sought.
- You're cold... warm... hot... you're burning!
From Middle English bernen, birnen, from Old English byrnan, beornan (“to burn”), from Proto-Germanic *brinnaną (“to burn”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrenu̯ (compare Middle Irish brennim (“drink up”), bruinnim (“bubble up”)), present stem from *bʰreu-, *bʰru- (compare Middle Irish bréo (“flame”), Albanian burth (“Cyclamen europaeum, mouth burning”), Sanskrit [script?] (bhuráti, “moves quickly, twitches, fidgets”)). More at brew.
- (Scotland, northern England) A stream.
From Middle English burn, bourne, from Old English burne, burna (“spring, fountain”), from Proto-Germanic *brunnô, *brunō (compare West Frisian boarne, Dutch bron, German Brunnen), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrew- (compare Albanian burim (“spring, fountain”) from buroj (“to pour, gush, derive”), Ancient Greek [script?] (phréār, “well, reservoir”), Old Armenian աղբիւր (ałbiwr, “fount”)). Doublet of bourn. More at brew.
burn - Computer Definition
To write a write-once optical medium such as a CD-R, DVD-R or BD-R disc. Such a disc is considered "burned," because once recorded, it cannot be erased and rewritten. The term is also erroneously used for rewritable disks, such as CD-RWs and DVD-RWs, but rewritable media are not "burned;" they are "written." Burn means "once and done." See CD-R, DVD-R and DVD+R. See also burn in.