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burner

[bur-ner] /ˈbɜr nər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that burns.
2.
that part of a gas fixture, lamp, etc., from which flame issues or in which it is produced.
3.
any apparatus or receptacle in which fuel or refuse is burned.
Origin of burner
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English brenner. See burn1, -er1
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  • Describe the structure of an ordinary kerosene lamp-burner, an argand burner, a Welsbach burner.

    Commercial Geography Jacques W. Redway
  • The only other method of putting the burner out would be to stand it on its end.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • By adjustment of the amount of air that enters the burner, acetylene may be burnt in a gas stove.

    Mechanical Devices in the Home Edith Louise Allen
  • Leave one cold; warm the other over the burner, but do not heat it to boiling.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • This is the case with what are generally known as atmospheric burners, of which the Bunsen burner is the prototype.

  • Melt a piece of glass over a burner and draw it out into a thread.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
British Dictionary definitions for burner

burner

/ˈbɜːnə/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for burner
n.

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

burner

noun

  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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