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Noun: burning  bur-ning
  1. A process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give heat and light
    - combustion
  2. The act of burning something
    "the burning of leaves was prohibited by a town ordinance";
    - combustion
  3. Pain that feels hot as if it were on fire
    - burn
  4. Execution by electricity
    - electrocution
  5. Execution by fire
    - burning at the stake
  6. A form of torture in which cigarettes, cigars or other hot implements are used to burn the victim's skin
Adjective: burning  bur-ning
  1. Flaming as it burns
    "forests set burning by lightning";
    - ablaze, afire [literary], aflame, aflare [rare], alight, on fire, in flames
  2. With strong feeling or passion
    "a burning desire for revenge"
  3. Of immediate import
    "burning issues of the day"
Verb: burn (burned, also burnt)  burn
  1. Undergo combustion
    "Maple wood burns well";
    - combust
  2. Destroy by fire
    "They burned the house and his diaries";
    - fire, burn down
  3. Shine intensely, as if with heat
    "The candles were burning";
    - glow
  4. Cause to burn or combust
    "The sun burned off the fog";
    - combust
  5. Feel strong emotion, especially anger or passion
    "She was burning with anger"; "He was burning to try out his new skis"
  6. Cause to undergo combustion
    "The car burns only Diesel oil"; "burn garbage";
    - incinerate
  7. Execute by tying to a stake and setting alight
    "Witches were burned in Salem"
  8. Spend (significant amounts of money)
    "He has money to burn"
  9. Feel hot or painful
    "My eyes are burning"
  10. Burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent
    "The surgeon burned the wart";
    - cauterize, cauterise [Brit]
  11. Get a sunburn by overexposure to the sun
    - sunburn
  12. Create by duplicating data
    "burn a CD";
    - cut
  13. Use up (energy)
    "burn off calories through vigorous exercise"; "burn up calories through vigorous exercise";
    - burn off, burn up
  14. Damage by burning with heat, fire, or radiation
  15. [informal] Strongly criticize
    - slate [Brit, informal], tear to shreds [informal], slam [informal], roast [informal]
  16. Cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort
    "The sun burned his face";
    - bite, sting

Derived forms: burnings

See also: important, lighted, lit, of import

Type of: ache, beam, blow [informal], capital punishment, care for, change integrity, change of integrity, change state, color [US], colour [Brit, Cdn], consume, create, damage, death penalty, deplete, destroy, discolor [US], discolour [Brit, Cdn], eat, eat up, execute, executing, execution, exhaust, experience, feel, hurt, hurting, make, oxidation, oxidisation [Brit], oxidization, pain, produce, put to death, ruin, run through, shine, smart, squander, torture, torturing, treat, turn, use up, waste, wipe out

Encyclopedia: Burning

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