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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)

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.

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,"