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aflame; on fire.
very hot; simmering: The water was burning.
very bright; glowing: She wore a burning red bathing suit.
caused by or as if by fire, a burn, or heat: He had a burning sensation in his throat.
intense; passionate: a burning desire.
urgent or crucial: a burning question.
the state, process, sensation, or effect of being on fire, burned, or subjected to intense heat.
the baking of ceramic products to develop hardness and other properties.
the heating or the calcining of certain ores and rocks as a preliminary stage in various industrial processes.

before 1000; Middle English brenning (noun, adj.), Old English byrnende (adj.). See burn1, -ing1, -ing2

burningly, adverb
nonburning, adjective, noun
unburning, adjective
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burning (ˈbɜːnɪŋ)
1.  intense; passionate
2.  urgent; crucial: a burning problem
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

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Word Origin & History

12c., combination of O.N. brenna "to burn, light," and two originally distinct O.E. verbs: bærnan "to kindle" (trans.) and beornan "to be on fire" (intrans.), both from P.Gmc. *brennan, *branajan (cf. M.Du. bernen, Du. branden, O.H.G. brinnan, Ger. brennen, Goth. brannjan), perhaps from PIE *gwher-
"to heat, warm" (see warm), or from PIE *bhre-n-u, from base *bhreue- "to boil forth, well up" (see brew). Related: Burned; burning. Figuratively (of passions, battle, etc.) in O.E. Meaning "cheat, swindle, victimize" is first attested 1650s. As a noun, from 1520s. Slow burn first attested 1938, in reference to U.S. movie actor Edgar Kennedy, who made it his specialty. To burn one's bridges (behind one) "behave so as to destroy any chance of returning to a status quo" attested by 1892 in Mark Twain, perhaps ultimately from cavalry raids in the Civil War. Slavic languages have historically used different and unrelated words for the transitive and intransitive senses of "set fire to"/"be on fire:" cf. Pol. palic'/gorsec, Rus. eč'/gorel.
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Medical Dictionary

burn (bûrn)
v. burned or burnt (bûrnt), burn·ing, burns

  1. To undergo or cause to undergo combustion.

  2. To consume or use as fuel or energy.

  3. To damage or injure by fire, heat, radiation, electricity, or a caustic agent.

  4. To irritate or inflame, as by chafing or sunburn.

  5. To become sunburned or windburned.

  6. To metabolize a substance, such as glucose, in the body.

  7. To impart a sensation of intense heat to.

  8. To feel or look hot.

  1. An injury produced by fire, heat, radiation, electricity, or a caustic agent.

  2. A burned place or area.

  3. The process or result of burning.

  4. A stinging sensation.

  5. A sunburn or windburn.

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burn   (bûrn)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. To be on fire; undergo combustion. A substance burns if it is heated up enough to react chemically with oxygen.

  2. To cause a burn to a bodily tissue.

Noun   Tissue injury caused by fire, heat, radiation (such as sun exposure), electricity, or a caustic chemical agent. Burns are classified according to the degree of tissue damage, which can include redness, blisters, skin edema and loss of sensation. Bacterial infection is a serious and sometimes fatal complication of severe burns.
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