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[bur-ner] /ˈbɜr nər/
a person or thing that burns.
that part of a gas fixture, lamp, etc., from which flame issues or in which it is produced.
any apparatus or receptacle in which fuel or refuse is burned.
Origin of burner
1350-1400; Middle English brenner. See burn1, -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for burner
  • Often the environment and health get pushed on the back burner.
  • Moreover, my scholarship has been put on the back burner.
  • Add a little scalded milk, then add to milk on burner.
  • Don't forget to take the pot off the burner if you've got an electric stove--we're doing crispy noodles next week.
  • She forgot to turn on the burner under the vegetables or put water in the coffeemaker.
  • As the election campaign picks up pace, the president's focus is likely to drift and electricity may return to the back burner.
  • Mobile operators see the new field as such a small part of their overall business that it gets relegated to the back-burner.
  • The blogging, traveling, etc simply makes demands that puts personal-hygiene on the back-burner.
  • Some patients' rituals involve washing or checking again and again to see if a burner or faucet has been turned off.
  • We are frogs in tepid water and the burner is getting turned up.
British Dictionary definitions for burner


the part of a stove, lamp, etc, that produces flame or heat
an apparatus for burning something, as fuel or refuse: an oil burner
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Word Origin and History for burner

late 13c., also as a surname, Brenner, "person who makes bricks," agent noun from burn (v.)). As a name for a part of a lamp where the flame is applied, from 1790. Of gas-cooking stoves, by 1885.

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Slang definitions & phrases for burner


  1. The electric chair (1920s+)
  2. A superlative performer; the TOPS: He showed he was a burner at the combine (1950s+)
  3. A pistol, esp a .22-caliber revolver (1920s+)
Related Terms

cook with gas, fast burner, hay burner, oat-burner, on the back burner

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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