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.

1350–1400; Middle English brenner. See burn1, -er1

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burner (ˈbɜːnə)
1.  the part of a stove, lamp, etc, that produces flame or heat
2.  an apparatus for burning something, as fuel or refuse: an oil burner

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Example sentences
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.
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