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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Burn  \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. 
  fervent.] 
  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.'' 
  --Shak. 
 
  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 
  burned. 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Burning  \Burn"ing\,  a. 
  1.  That  burns;  being  on  fire;  excessively  hot;  fiery. 
 
  2.  Consuming;  intense;  inflaming;  exciting;  vehement; 
  powerful;  as  burning  zeal. 
 
  Like  a  young  hound  upon  a  burning  scent.  --Dryden. 
 
  {Burning  bush}  (Bot.),  an  ornamental  shrub  ({Euonymus 
  atropurpureus}),  bearing  a  crimson  berry. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Burning  \Burn"ing\,  n. 
  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. 
 
  {Burning  fluid},  any  volatile  illuminating  oil,  as  the 
  lighter  petroleums  (naphtha,  benzine),  or  oil  of 
  turpentine  (camphine),  but  esp.  a  mixture  of  the  latter 
  with  alcohol. 
 
  {Burning  glass},  a  convex  lens  of  considerable  size,  used  for 
  producing  an  intense  heat  by  converging  the  sun's  rays  to 
  a  focus. 
 
  {Burning  house}  (Metal.),  the  furnace  in  which  tin  ores  are 
  calcined,  to  sublime  the  sulphur  and  arsenic  from  the 
  pyrites.  --Weale. 
 
  {Burning  mirror},  a  concave  mirror,  or  a  combination  of  plane 
  mirrors,  used  for  the  same  purpose  as  a  burning  glass. 
 
  Syn:  Combustion;  fire;  conflagration;  flame;  blaze. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  burning 
  adj  1:  producing  or  having  a  painfully  hot  sensation;  "begged  for 
  water  to  soothe  his  burning  throat" 
  2:  intensely  hot;  "a  burning  fever";  "the  burning  sand"  [syn:  {burning(a)}] 
  3:  characterized  by  intense  emotion;  "ardent  love";  "an  ardent 
  lover";  "a  burning  enthusiasm";  "a  fervent  desire  to 
  change  society";  "a  fervent  admirer";  "fiery  oratory";  "an 
  impassioned  appeal";  "a  torrid  love  affair"  [syn:  {ardent}, 
  {burning(a)},  {fervent},  {fervid},  {fiery},  {impassioned}, 
  {perfervid},  {torrid}] 
  4:  lighted  up  by  or  as  by  fire  or  flame;  "forests  set  ablaze 
  (or  afire)  by  lightning";  "even  the  car's  tires  were 
  aflame";  "a  night  aflare  with  fireworks";  "candles  alight 
  on  the  tables";  "blazing  logs  in  the  fireplace";  "a 
  burning  cigarette";  "a  flaming  crackling  fire";  "houses  on 
  fire"  [syn:  {ablaze(p)},  {afire(p)},  {aflame(p)},  {aflare(p)}, 
  {alight(p)},  {blazing},  {flaming},  {on  fire(p)}] 
  5:  of  immediate  import;  "burning  issues  of  the  day"  [syn:  {burning(a)}] 
  6:  consuming  fuel;  used  in  combination;  "coal-burning  (or 
  wood-burning)  stoves" 
  n  1:  the  act  of  burning  something  "the  burning  of  leaves  was 
  prohibited  by  a  town  ordinance"  [syn:  {combustion}] 
  2:  pain  that  feels  hot  as  if  it  were  on  fire  [syn:  {burn}] 
  3:  a  process  in  which  a  substance  reacts  with  oxygen  to  give 
  heat  and  light  [syn:  {combustion}] 
  4:  execution  by  electricity  [syn:  {electrocution}] 
  5:  execution  by  fire  [syn:  {burning  at  the  stake}] 




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