Definition of Burn

1. Noun. Pain that feels hot as if it were on fire.

Exact synonyms: Burning
Generic synonyms: Hurting, Pain

2. Verb. Destroy by fire. "They burn the trees"; "They burned the house and his diaries"
Exact synonyms: Burn Down, Fire
Related verbs: Combust, Incinerate
Specialized synonyms: Backfire, Cremate, Torch, Scorch
Generic synonyms: Destroy, Ruin
Derivative terms: Burnable, Fire, Fire, Fire

3. Noun. A browning of the skin resulting from exposure to the rays of the sun.
Exact synonyms: Sunburn, Suntan, Tan
Generic synonyms: Hyperpigmentation
Derivative terms: Sunburn, Suntan, Tan

4. Verb. Shine intensely, as if with heat. "The horizon is burning with lights"; "The candles were burning"
Exact synonyms: Glow
Generic synonyms: Beam, Shine
Specialized synonyms: Gutter
Derivative terms: Glow

5. Noun. An injury caused by exposure to heat or chemicals or radiation.

6. Verb. Undergo combustion. "These fabrics burn easily"; "Maple wood burns well"
Exact synonyms: Combust
Generic synonyms: Change State, Turn
Specialized synonyms: Burn Down, Burn Up, Go Up, Smolder, Smoulder, Scorch, Sear, Singe, Deflagrate, Flame, Blaze Up, Burn Up, Flame Up, Flare, Blaze
Related verbs: Burn Down, Fire
Derivative terms: Burnable, Combustible, Combustion, Combustive

7. Noun. A place or area that has been burned (especially on a person's body).
Exact synonyms: Burn Mark
Generic synonyms: Blemish, Defect, Mar
Specialized synonyms: Cigarette Burn

8. Verb. Cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort. "The sun burned his face"
Exact synonyms: Bite, Sting
Specialized synonyms: Nettle, Urticate
Generic synonyms: Ache, Hurt, Smart
Derivative terms: Sting, Stinger, Stinger

9. Verb. Cause to burn or combust. "They burn the trees"; "We combust coal and other fossil fuels"

10. Noun. Damage inflicted by fire.
Generic synonyms: Damage, Harm, Hurt, Scathe
Specialized synonyms: Scald

11. Verb. Feel strong emotion, especially anger or passion. "He was burning to try out his new skies"
Generic synonyms: Experience, Feel

12. Verb. Cause to undergo combustion. "The car burns only Diesel oil"
Exact synonyms: Incinerate
Generic synonyms: Change Integrity
Related verbs: Incinerate, Burn Down, Fire
Derivative terms: Burnable, Burner, Incineration, Incinerator

13. Verb. Burn at the stake. "Witches were burned in Salem"
Entails: Burn Down, Fire
Generic synonyms: Execute, Put To Death

14. Verb. Spend (significant amounts of money). "He has money to burn"
Generic synonyms: Blow, Squander, Waste

15. Verb. Feel hot or painful. "My eyes are burning"
Related verbs: Bite, Sting
Generic synonyms: Ache, Hurt, Smart

16. Verb. Burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent. "The surgeon cauterized the wart"
Exact synonyms: Cauterise, Cauterize
Generic synonyms: Care For, Treat
Entails: Scorch, Sear
Derivative terms: Cauterisation, Cautery, Cautery, Cauterant, Cauterization, Cautery, Cautery

17. Verb. Get a sunburn by overexposure to the sun.
Exact synonyms: Sunburn
Generic synonyms: Color, Colour, Discolor, Discolour
Derivative terms: Sunburn, Sunburn

18. Verb. Create by duplicating data. "Burn a CD"
Exact synonyms: Cut
Generic synonyms: Create, Make, Produce
Related verbs: Cut

19. Verb. Use up (energy). "Burn off calories through vigorous exercise"
Exact synonyms: Burn Off, Burn Up
Generic synonyms: Consume, Deplete, Eat, Eat Up, Exhaust, Run Through, Use Up, Wipe Out

20. Verb. Burn with heat, fire, or radiation. "The iron burnt a hole in my dress"
Specialized synonyms: Scald, Blacken, Char, Scorch, Sear
Generic synonyms: Damage
Derivative terms: Burnable

Definition of Burn

1. v. t. To consume with fire; to reduce to ashes by the action of heat or fire; -- frequently intensified by up: as, to burn up wood.

2. v. i. To be of fire; to flame.

3. n. A hurt, injury, or effect caused by fire or excessive or intense heat.

4. n. A small stream.

Definition of Burn

1. Noun. A physical injury caused by heat or cold or electricity or radiation or caustic chemicals. ¹

2. Noun. The act of burning something. ¹

3. Noun. Physical sensation in the muscles following strenuous exercise, caused by build-up of lactic acid. ¹

4. Noun. (slang) An intense non-physical sting, as left by an effective insult. ¹

5. Noun. (UK chiefly prison slang) tobacco ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To be consumed by fire, or at least in flames. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) To become overheated so as to make unusable. ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive) To feel hot, e.g. due to embarrassment. ¹

9. Verb. (intransitive) To sunburn. ¹

10. Verb. (intransitive curling) To accidentally touch a moving stone. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive ergative) To cause to be consumed by fire. ¹

12. Verb. (transitive ergative) To overheat so as to make unusable. ¹

13. Verb. (transitive) To injure (a person or animal) with heat or caustic chemicals. ¹

14. Verb. (transitive slang) To betray. ¹

15. Verb. (transitive computing) To write data to a permanent storage medium like a compact disc or a ROM chip. ¹

16. Verb. (transitive) To waste (time). ¹

17. Verb. (transitive slang) To insult or defeat. ¹

18. Verb. (transitive cards) In pontoon, to swap a pair of cards for another pair. Also to deal a dead card. ¹

19. Verb. (photography) To increase the exposure for certain areas of a print in order to make them lighter (compare (term dodge)). ¹

20. Noun. (Scotland northern England) A stream. ¹

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Definition of Burn

1. to destroy by fire [v BURNED or BURNT, BURNING, BURNS]

Medical Definition of Burn

1. 1. A hurt, injury, or effect caused by fire or excessive or intense heat. 2. The operation or result of burning or baking, as in brickmaking; as, they have a good burn. 3. A disease in vegetables. See Brand. 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." 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 ass as fire." (Ecclus. Xliii. 20, 21) 6. To apply a cautery to; to cauterize. 7. 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, to fuse and unite them by pouring over them a quantity of the same metal in a liquid state. To burn a bowl, 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. 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?" . 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. Origin: OE. Bernen, brennen, v.t, early confused with beornen, birnen, v.i, AS. Baernan, bernan, v.t, birnan, v.i.; akin to OS. Brinnan, OFries. Barna, berna, OHG. Brinnan, brennan, G. Brennen, OD. Bernen, D. Branden, Dan. Braende, Sw. Branna, brinna, Icel. Brenna, Goth. Brinnan, brannjan (in comp), and possibly to E. Fervent. 1. To be of fire; to flame. "The mount burned with fire." 2. To suffer from, or be scorched by, an excess of heat. "Your meat doth burn, quoth I." (Shak) 3. To have a condition, quality, appearance, sensation, or emotion, as if on fire or excessively heated; to act or rage with destructive violence; to be in a state of lively emotion or strong desire; as, the face burns; to burn with fever. "Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way?" (Luke xxiv. 32) "The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne, Burned on the water." (Shak) "Burning with high hope." (Byron) "The groan still deepens, and the combat burns." (Pope) "The parching air Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire." (Milton) 4. To combine energetically, with evolution of heat; as, copper burns in chlorine. 5. In certain games, to approach near to a concealed object which is sought. To burn out, to burn till the fuel is exhausted. To burn up, To burn down, to be entirely consumed. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Burn

burn (current term)
burn a hole in one's pocket
burn bag
burn book
burn center
burn down
burn in hell
burn mark
burn notice
burn off
burn one's bridges
burn one's candle at both ends

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