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burnout

[burn-out] /ˈbɜrnˌaʊt/
noun
1.
a fire that is totally destructive of something.
2.
Also, burn-out. fatigue, frustration, or apathy resulting from prolonged stress, overwork, or intense activity.
3.
Rocketry.
  1. the termination of effective combustion in a rocket engine, due to exhaustion of propellant.
  2. the end of the powered portion of a rocket's flight.
4.
Electricity. the breakdown of a lamp, motor, or other electrical device due to the heat created by the current flowing through it.
Origin of burnout
1900-1905
1900-05; noun use of verb phrase burn out
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burn out

verb (adverb)
1.
to become or cause to become worn out or inoperative as a result of heat or friction: the clutch burnt out
2.
(intransitive) (of a rocket, jet engine, etc) to cease functioning as a result of exhaustion of the fuel supply
3.
(transitive; usually passive) to destroy by fire
4.
to become or cause to become exhausted through overwork or dissipation
noun
5.
the failure of a mechanical device from excessive heating
6.
a total loss of energy and interest and an inability to function effectively, experienced as a result of excessive demands upon one's resources or chronic overwork
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Word Origin and History for burnout
n.

also burn-out, "drug user," by 1972, slang, from the verbal phrase, from burn (v.) + out (adv.). Meaning "mental exhaustion from continuous effort" is from 1975.

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burnout

noun
  1. Total and incapacitating exhaustion; inability to go on •The term apparently originated among psychotherapists, describing their own overstressed condition: Many report lawyer burnout after two or three years in practice/ high rate of teacher burnout (1970s+)
  2. Boredom; apathy; satiation •The currency of this and the previous sense is due to the various narcotics users' meanings of burn out: I feared polka burnout, but it never happened. I became a polkaholic (1970s+)
  3. (also burn) A user or abuser of drugs, liquor, etc: There are two groups in my school, the jocks and burn-outs. The burn-outs smoke and take pills and drink/ except for the long hairs (or ''burns,'' short for ''burnouts'') who hang out on the steps and smoke (1970s+ Teenagers)
  4. A very high-speed hot-rod race (1950s+ Hot rodders)
  5. An informal match where players try to throw a baseball so hard that it cannot be caught without undue pain
  6. The point where a rocket or missile has exhausted its fuel (1950s+ Astronautics)

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