• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Burning-point the temperature at which a volatile oil in an open vessel will take fire from a match held close to its surface
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S.; the weak verb bœrnan, bœrnde, bœrned, has been confused with beornan, byrnan, barn, bornen; cf. Ger. brennen, to burn.


In literature:

By this time Delia had risen to a point of burning anger against her child's detractor.
"The Governess" by Julie M. Lippmann
The shadows are burned in as deeply as possible and the shading is put in with the flat of the point.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
In point of popularity alone, they are not surpassed by "Paradise Lost," nor by the plays of Shakespeare, or the songs of Burns.
"Children's Rhymes, Children's Games, Children's Songs, Children's Stories" by Robert Ford
Then he pointed to the burning building and waved his arms wildly.
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
The lamp hung inverted in the air, burning quietly with its flame pointing down.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
You are to burn three white lights from Point Paradise if a landing-party is needed.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
Henry Burns clutched his comrade and pointed back past the cow.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
Still another point which I thought of was this: Suppose the whole town should be burned?
"Track's End" by Hayden Carruth
Before the Caves of the Pointed Hills the fires of the tribe burned brightly.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
At various points, even in the day-time, gas-lights burned brilliantly.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII No. 1 January 1848" by Various
But Burns had evidently not arrived at this mature point of self-education.
"The Harbor of Doubt" by Frank Williams
I point them to Martin Luther burning witches.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
A stick in the chimney burned in two, the heavy ends outside the dogs dropped down, the red brands pointing upward.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
And now we come to the culminating point of Burns's early period.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 3 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The fever had reached its highest point; her forehead was burning, but her face still dazzling white.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
Here was a point that caused Lesbia great heart-burning.
"Loyal to the School" by Angela Brazil
His lips were compressed, and his eye flashed as he pointed towards the burning tower, and redoubled his speed.
"Hungarian Sketches in Peace and War" by Mór Jókai
As night drew its sable curtains around us, the heavens from every point were lit up with flames from burning buildings.
"A Woman's Wartime Journal" by Dolly Sumner Lunt
Points of fire inside her caught and flared and burned inside his eyes.
"Shock Treatment" by Stanley Mullen
It was Burns who wrote his wish that some power would give us the ability to see ourselves from other people's point of view.
"The New Mistress" by George Manville Fenn

In poetry:

"Fire-pointed, stinging, strikes and burns
To the bone, each icy dart.
He stumbles—falls—is up again,
And onward for the Town a-strain;
Backward our Willie never turns,
And never loses heart.
"A Winter's Tale For The Little Ones." by Gerald Massey
He pointed at that portly Grace
Who glared with apoplectic face,
While others stared with gloom;
Then having paid them all he owed,
Burns, Bard of Homespun, smiled and strode
Superbly from the room.
"Poet And Peer" by Robert W Service
White-capped mountains, peaks of dazzling snow
Cloud-pointed Alps, sharp unclimbable heights
Burning effulgence of the northern lights
Toward whose clear radiance, our desire grows,
White heat of the infinite.
"Lightning For Atmosphere" by Marya Zaturenska

In news:

A burned area stretches west from the point where a grass and brush fire kindled Friday east of Washougal.
Grass fire burns 3 acres near point Pinole Regional Park.
The Navy will oversee a prescribed burn on Maylor's Point designed to make life difficult for voles and improve the habitat for the golden paintbrush , a wildflower listed as endangered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Despite appreciating her career, Schulman says that she hasn't met many medical directors who don't burn out at some point.
Two nights earlier, Presbyterian coach Gregg Nibert watched Creighton burn his team with 50% shooting from three-point range.
The Martha's Vineyard Prescribed Fire Partnership plans to conduct a controlled burn today, Monday, Nov 26, at the Long Point Reservation in West Tisbury.
Fire Partnership held a controlled burn Monday in Long Point.
The Martha's Vineyard Prescribed Fire Partnership conducted a controlled burn Monday at The Trustees of Reservations' Long Point Reservation in West Tisbury.
Junior Brandon Burns led UMC with 18 points.
The battle over coal has spread from where it is mined or burned to generate electricity to the possible points from which it could be exported .
The Dakota Fire is burning near the Dakota Point Recreation Area at Sheridan Lake, about 15 miles southwest of Rapid City.
The 1990?s was a big turning point in country music with artist's like Travis Tritt, Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, Alan Jackson burning up the charts.
She was born June 19, 1918 in Pilot Point, TX to Ocie and Lillian Maybell (Coffman) Burns.
The Ken Burns documentary points to how the Dust Bowl was man-made – and overcome with smarter policies and practices.
In this Nov 13, 2012 file photo, a burned bicycle lies in the ashes of a burned out home in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York.

In science:

As the CO core contracts following He burning, the heat that would otherwise increase the temperature to the point of carbon ignition is instead lost due to the additional cooling.
The Impact of Neutrino Magnetic Moments on the Evolution of Massive Stars
If a burn-in period was used, we assume that x0 is the last point of it.
Consistency of Markov chain quasi-Monte Carlo on continuous state spaces
Bias can also be reduced by discarding all samples collected during an initial ‘burn-in’ period, and estimating an expectation using only the samples collected after a certain point in the chain.
Driving Markov chain Monte Carlo with a dependent random stream
The dots indicate Ye discontinuities and the three-pointed markers indicate the boundaries of fossil burning shells.
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
These short burning time scales make it likely that ignition of the fuel occurs at either a single point or, at most, at a few discrete points.
On Validating an Astrophysical Simulation Code
The descendants of the helium star channel should (at some point) show produces of helium burning (i.e. carbon) in their spectrum, although the theoretical models suggest most went though very little helium burning Nelemans et al. (2001a).
AM CVn stars
Notice also that the birthline intersects the main sequence at a mass M∗ ∼ 8 M⊙ : this point represents the critical stellar configuration in which hydrogen burning has stopped gravitational contraction while the star is still growing in mass.
Stellar evolution before the ZAMS
As the CO core contracts following He burning, the heat that would otherwise increase the temperature to the point of carbon ignition is instead lost due to the additional cooling.
The Impact of Neutrino Magnetic Moments on the Evolution of Massive Stars
This high N/O ratio is thought to point to a higher progenitor mass, since only the more massive progenitors (MM S >∼ 4 M⊙) are hot enough at the bottom of their AGB convective envelope to burn carbon into nitrogen.
The Origin and Shaping of Planetary Nebulae: Putting the Binary Hypothesis to the Test
Technically, your car would burn more gasoline along the curviest path, but S2 doesn’t acknowledge this point and may not have even considered it in light of the inertia invoking authority is exhibiting in his thought.
Analyzing Problem Solving Using Math in Physics: Epistemological Framing via Warrants
The crucial point is that nuclear-burning, either episodic or quasisteady, appears to be necessary for the retention of matter by WDs.
The Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae: Are They Supersoft Sources?
Fig. 1.— Properties of NBWDs: green point correspond to systems in which the rate of mass infall is in the range necessary for quasisteady nuclear burning.
The Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae: Are They Supersoft Sources?
The positions of the green points are computed by assuming that 0.75 of the infalling matter is burned with an efficiency of 0.007.
The Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae: Are They Supersoft Sources?
This results in a gradual increase until the core temperature is high enough to begin helium burning, at which point the star moves to the left in the H-R diagram.
Astrophysical Tests of Modified Gravity: Constraints from Distance Indicators in the Nearby Universe
Burns et al. (1994) argued that the distribution of X-ray gas and galaxies was more consistent with a group that had been partially disrupted on a first passage through the cluster, whereas Colless & Dunn (1996) marshalled a variety of evidences pointing towards the group being on its first approach to the cluster.
A New Vision of the Coma Cluster: Conference Summary