Definition of "burning" [burn•ing]

  • Marked by flames or intense heat: a burning sun. (adjective)
  • Characterized by intense emotion; passionate: a burning desire for justice. (adjective)
  • Of immediate import; urgent: "the issues that seem so burning in Washington” ( John F. Kennedy). (adjective)

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Use "burning" in a sentence
  • "(_the burning of the body_), 3015; instr.sg. by hine ne mōston ... bronde forbærnan (_could not bestow upon him the solemn burning_), 2127; hæfde landwara līge befangen, bǣle and bronde, _with glow, fire, and flame_,"
  • "(_the burning of the body_), 3015; instr.sg. by hine ne môston ... bronde forbärnan (_could not bestow upon him the solemn burning_), 2127; häfde landwara lîge befangen, bæle and bronde, _with glow, fire, and flame_,"
  • "Addie murmured, the word burning into his sweater."