burn down


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v burn down burn completely; be consumed or destroyed by fire "The hut burned down","The mountain of paper went up in flames"
    • v burn down destroy by fire "They burned the house and his diaries"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted peoplewithout killing them used to burn their houses down - hence theexpression "toget fired."
    • Burn down to burn to the ground
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  • John Dawkins
    John Dawkins
    “I heard his library burned down and both books were destroyed -- and one of them hadn't even been colored in yet.”
  • Lou Holtz
    “If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.”
  • Harry Emerson Fosdick
    “Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.”
  • Joan Crawford
    Joan Crawford
    “Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.”


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:

Then she would escape unnoticed down the burn.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
At last the candles burned down to the branches, and were put out.
"Christmas Stories And Legends" by Various
If the wind had set the other way, it would have been just a chance if the whole village had not been burned down.
"Round About the Carpathians" by Andrew F. Crosse
It burned down slowly.
"The Cave Boy of the Age of Stone" by Margaret A. McIntyre
He hab a gre't trench dug, and a whole load of wood put in it an' burned down to coals.
"Stories of Later American History" by Wilbur F. Gordy
In consequence of his accusation, many Jews were shot and their houses burned down.
"The New York Times Current History: the European War, February, 1915" by Various
I saw 'em burn down me Massa's home, an' everythin'.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
Fire will burn down barns.
"Men Called Him Master" by Elwyn Allen Smith
The attempt to burn down the forests seems only partially to have succeeded.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
Away in Samarra buildings were in flames, and down the Tigris floated two burning barges, of which more hereafter.
"The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad" by Edward John Thompson

In poetry:

Here when the smouldering west
Burns down into the sea,
I take no heed of rest
And keep the watch for thee.
"A Northern Vigil" by Bliss William Carman
He rode him down by Falsehope burn,
His cousin dear to see,
With him to take a riding turn—
Wat-draw-the-sword was he.
"The Reiver's Wedding" by Sir Walter Scott
To see the rounded sun go down,
And with its parting fires
Light up the windows of the town
And burn the tapering spires;
"Piscataqua River" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
The embers of the sunset's fires
Along the clouds burned down;
"I see," he said, "the domes and spires
Of Norembega town."
"Norembega" by John Greenleaf Whittier
In dreams the year I linger through,
In that familiar town,
Where all the youth I ever knew,
Burned up and flickered down.
"For Scotland" by Robert Fuller Murray
So, hand in hand, we watch the sun
Burn down the Western deeps,
Dreaming a charmed dream, as one
Who in enchantment sleeps;
"A Sunset Fantasy" by Victor James Daley

In news:

(MCT) — The death of an 89-year-old woman who was in her Crest Hill home when it burned down Sunday morning is suspicious, authorities said.
The death of an 89-year-old woman who was in her Crest Hill home when it burned down Sunday morning is suspicious, authorities said.
William Shatner loves deep-fried turkey, but over many Thanksgivings and Christmases he's made mistakes, burned himself, and nearly burned down his house.
Jealousy fueled NW Pa. (AP) — Police say jealously prompted a man try to burn down a northwestern Pennsylvania apartment building in July and to succeed in doing so a month later.
Gas line explodes, burns 5 homes and closes down Interstate 77.
Burns Park geese volunteers are beginning their training to learn to find goose nests, and oil the eggs, to help keep the goose population down.
But with its long lines, watered-down mimosas and oft-burned hash browns, the tradition can start to feel a little, well … stale.
Stone Roses guitarist John Squire's art studio burns down.
My first encounter with Haiti began when we landed at an airport in Cap Haitien across from the police station that was burned down just the week before.
Mary Bayer, wife of Queens County Dental Society Executive Director William Bayer, walks through the ruins where their home burned down in a Sandy-related blaze.
When The Stars Burn Down.
The Fresno woman accused of burning down a Central Fresno apartment complex was found mentally incompetent to stand trial.
Gas line explodes, burns 5 homes and closes down Interstate 77.
In this Sept 16, 2012 photo, a part of the ceiling has fallen down inside a burned Japanese plant after it was torched by anti- Japan demonstrators on the previous day in Qingdao in Sandong Province, China.
The deaths come after a Sufi shrine burned down, prompting violent protests.

In science:

The slight hydrostatic radial expansion (contraction) of the burning layers as the temperature increases (decreases) results in spin down (spin up) if angular momentum is conserved.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
By the time the heat released by nuclear burning reaches the observer, the layers have expanded and spun down.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
We plot the fractional spin frequency change of the burning shell, ∆Ω/Ω, such that ∆Ω/Ω > 0 indicates spin down.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
Strohmayer (1997) suggested that relative motions of the hot spot and/or burning front on the neutron star surface might also introduce both spin up and spin down episodes.
Oscillations During Thermonuclear X-ray Bursts
Clearly more theoretical work is required to determine if expansion of the burning layer is indeed the primary mechanism responsible for the frequency drifts and also to understand the nature of the less commonly observed spin down episodes.
Oscillations During Thermonuclear X-ray Bursts