Definition of "burn" []

  • To cause to undergo combustion. (verb-transitive)
  • To destroy with fire: burned the trash; burn a house down. (verb-transitive)
  • To consume (fuel or energy, for example): burned all the wood that winter. (verb-transitive)
  • Physics To cause to undergo nuclear fission or fusion. (verb-transitive)
  • To damage or injure by fire, heat, radiation, electricity, or a caustic agent: burned the toast; burned my skin with the acid. (verb-transitive)
  • To undergo or cause to undergo combustion (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To destroy or be destroyed by fire (verb)
  • To damage, injure, or mark by heat (verb)
  • To die or put to death by fire (verb)
  • To be or feel hot (verb)
  • To smart or cause to smart (verb)
  • To feel strong emotion, esp anger or passion (verb)
  • To use for the purposes of light, heat, or power (verb)
  • To form by or as if by fire (verb)
  • To char or become charred (verb)
  • To brand or cauterize (verb)
  • To cut (metal) with an oxygen-rich flame (verb)
  • To produce by or subject to heat as part of a process (verb)
  • To copy information onto (a CD-ROM) (verb)
  • To convert (a lighter element) to a heavier one by nuclear fusion in a star (verb)
  • To discard or exchange (one or more useless cards) (verb)
  • To cheat, esp financially (verb)
  • To electrocute or be electrocuted (verb)
  • To drive (a vehicle) fast (verb)
  • An injury caused by exposure to heat, electrical, chemical, or radioactive agents. Burns are classified according to the depth of tissue affected: first-degree burn: skin surface painful and red; second-degree burn: blisters appear on the skin; third-degree burn: destruction of both epidermis and dermis (noun)
  • A mark, e.g. on wood, caused by burning (noun)
  • A controlled use of rocket propellant, esp for a course correction (noun)
  • A hot painful sensation in a muscle, experienced during vigorous exercise (noun)
  • A controlled fire to clear an area of scrub (noun)
  • Tobacco or a cigarette (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "burn" in a sentence
  • "Once I believed myself one of the most courageous of men; I have beheld _death_ in many terrible shapes, and feared it in none; but, oh! to burn, -- to _burn!"
  • "(i.e. the sea), 1862. bärnan, w. v., _to cause to burn, to burn_: inf. hêt ... bânfatu bärnan,"
  • "(i.e. the sea), 1862. bærnan, w. v., _to cause to burn, to burn_: inf. hēt ... bānfatu bærnan,"