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Burns

[burnz]
noun
1.
Arthur F(rank) 1904–1987, U.S. economist, born in Austria: chairman of the Federal Reserve Board 1970–78.
2.
George (Nathan Birnbaum) 1896–1996, U.S. comedian (partner and husband of Gracie Allen).
3.
Robert, 1759–96, Scottish poet.
4.
Tommy (Noah Brusso) 1881–1955, U.S. boxer: world heavyweight champion 1906–08.
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Burns (bɜːnz)
 
n
Robert. 1759--96, Scottish lyric poet. His verse, written mostly in dialect, includes love songs, nature poetry, and satires. Auld Lang Syne and Tam o' Shanter are among his best known poems

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burn
12c., combination of O.N. brenna "to burn, light," and two originally distinct O.E. verbs: bærnan "to kindle" (trans.) and beornan "to be on fire" (intrans.), both from P.Gmc. *brennan, *branajan (cf. M.Du. bernen, Du. branden, O.H.G. brinnan, Ger. brennen, Goth. brannjan), perhaps from PIE *gwher-
"to heat, warm" (see warm), or from PIE *bhre-n-u, from base *bhreue- "to boil forth, well up" (see brew). Related: Burned; burning. Figuratively (of passions, battle, etc.) in O.E. Meaning "cheat, swindle, victimize" is first attested 1650s. As a noun, from 1520s. Slow burn first attested 1938, in reference to U.S. movie actor Edgar Kennedy, who made it his specialty. To burn one's bridges (behind one) "behave so as to destroy any chance of returning to a status quo" attested by 1892 in Mark Twain, perhaps ultimately from cavalry raids in the Civil War. Slavic languages have historically used different and unrelated words for the transitive and intransitive senses of "set fire to"/"be on fire:" cf. Pol. palic'/gorsec, Rus. eč'/gorel.
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burn (bûrn)
v. burned or burnt (bûrnt), burn·ing, burns

  1. To undergo or cause to undergo combustion.

  2. To consume or use as fuel or energy.

  3. To damage or injure by fire, heat, radiation, electricity, or a caustic agent.

  4. To irritate or inflame, as by chafing or sunburn.

  5. To become sunburned or windburned.

  6. To metabolize a substance, such as glucose, in the body.

  7. To impart a sensation of intense heat to.

  8. To feel or look hot.

n.
  1. An injury produced by fire, heat, radiation, electricity, or a caustic agent.

  2. A burned place or area.

  3. The process or result of burning.

  4. A stinging sensation.

  5. A sunburn or windburn.

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burn   (bûrn)  Pronunciation Key 
Verb  
  1. To be on fire; undergo combustion. A substance burns if it is heated up enough to react chemically with oxygen.

  2. To cause a burn to a bodily tissue.


Noun   Tissue injury caused by fire, heat, radiation (such as sun exposure), electricity, or a caustic chemical agent. Burns are classified according to the degree of tissue damage, which can include redness, blisters, skin edema and loss of sensation. Bacterial infection is a serious and sometimes fatal complication of severe burns.
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