|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|
v. burned or burnt (bûrnt), burn·ing, burns
To undergo or cause to undergo combustion.
To consume or use as fuel or energy.
To damage or injure by fire, heat, radiation, electricity, or a caustic agent.
To irritate or inflame, as by chafing or sunburn.
To become sunburned or windburned.
To metabolize a substance, such as glucose, in the body.
To impart a sensation of intense heat to.
To feel or look hot.
An injury produced by fire, heat, radiation, electricity, or a caustic agent.
A burned place or area.
The process or result of burning.
A stinging sensation.
A sunburn or windburn.
|burn (bûrn) Pronunciation Key
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.