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Definition of Burn

Burn

  1. To consume with fire; to reduce to ashes by the action of heat or fire; -- frequently intensified by up: as, to burn up wood.
  2. To injure by fire or heat; to change destructively some property or properties of, by undue exposure to fire or heat; to scorch; to scald; to blister; to singe; to char; to sear; as, to burn steel in forging; to burn one's face in the sun; the sun burns the grass.
  3. To perfect or improve by fire or heat; to submit to the action of fire or heat for some economic purpose; to destroy or change some property or properties of, by exposure to fire or heat in due degree for obtaining a desired residuum, product, or effect; to bake; as, to burn clay in making bricks or pottery; to burn wood so as to produce charcoal; to burn limestone for the lime.
  4. To make or produce, as an effect or result, by the application of fire or heat; as, to burn a hole; to burn charcoal; to burn letters into a block.
  5. To consume, injure, or change the condition of, as if by action of fire or heat; to affect as fire or heat does; as, to burn the mouth with pepper.
  6. To apply a cautery to; to cauterize.
  7. To cause to combine with oxygen or other active agent, with evolution of heat; to consume; to oxidize; as, a man burns a certain amount of carbon at each respiration; to burn iron in oxygen.
  8. To be of fire; to flame.
  9. To suffer from, or be scorched by, an excess of heat.
  10. To have a condition, quality, appearance, sensation, or emotion, as if on fire or excessively heated; to act or rage with destructive violence; to be in a state of lively emotion or strong desire; as, the face burns; to burn with fever.
  11. To combine energetically, with evolution of heat; as, copper burns in chlorine.
  12. In certain games, to approach near to a concealed object which is sought.
  13. A hurt, injury, or effect caused by fire or excessive or intense heat.
  14. The operation or result of burning or baking, as in brickmaking; as, they have a good burn.
  15. A disease in vegetables. See Brand, n., 6.
  16. A small stream.

Burn Quotations

Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. - Joseph Campbell
Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.
Joseph Campbell

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
Buddha

Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
Francis Bacon

Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.
Henry Rollins

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus. - Alexander Graham Bell
Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
Alexander Graham Bell
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Burn Translations

burn in Afrikaans is brand, aanbrand, verbrand
burn in Dutch is aanbranden
burn in Finnish is palaa
burn in French is s'allumer, brulons, brulez, bruler, cuite, griller
burn in Italian is ustione, bruciare, accendere, pungere, ardere
burn in Latin is aduro (adustum), extermino, exuro; exussum
burn in Norwegian is brenne
burn in Portuguese is queimadura
burn in Spanish is pinchar, arder, abrasar, quemadura, quemarse

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