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burning

[bur-ning] /ˈbɜr nɪŋ/
adjective
1.
aflame; on fire.
2.
very hot; simmering:
The water was burning.
3.
very bright; glowing:
She wore a burning red bathing suit.
4.
caused by or as if by fire, a burn, or heat:
He had a burning sensation in his throat.
5.
intense; passionate:
a burning desire.
6.
urgent or crucial:
a burning question.
noun
7.
the state, process, sensation, or effect of being on fire, burned, or subjected to intense heat.
8.
the baking of ceramic products to develop hardness and other properties.
9.
the heating or the calcining of certain ores and rocks as a preliminary stage in various industrial processes.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English brenning (noun, adj.), Old English byrnende (adj.). See burn1, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
burningly, adverb
nonburning, adjective, noun
unburning, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for burningly

burning

/ˈbɜːnɪŋ/
adjective
1.
intense; passionate
2.
urgent; crucial: a burning problem
noun
3.
a form of heat treatment used to harden and finish ceramic materials or to prepare certain ores for further treatment by calcination
4.
overheating of an alloy during heat treatment in which local fusion or excessive oxide formation and penetration occur, weakening the alloy
5.
the heat treatment of particular kinds of gemstones to change their colour
Derived Forms
burningly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for burningly

burning

adj.

Old English in the literal sense; c.1300 figurative, present participle adjective from burn (v.)). Burning question matches French question brûlante, German brennende Frage. Burning bush is from Exodus III. Burning glass is attested from 1560s.

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