• The children watch the toy village burning
    The children watch the toy village burning
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj burning of immediate import "burning issues of the day"
    • n burning the act of burning something "the burning of leaves was prohibited by a town ordinance"
    • n burning a form of torture in which cigarettes or cigars or other hot implements are used to burn the victim's skin
    • n burning execution by fire
    • n burning execution by electricity
    • n burning a process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give heat and light
    • n burning pain that feels hot as if it were on fire
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Dressing a gas burn case Dressing a gas burn case
A mansion structure or public building dating from the second quarter of the 17th century. Rebuilt once and burned about the time of Bacon’s Rebellion, 1676 A mansion structure or public building dating from the second quarter of the 17th century. Rebuilt once and burned...
A 17th-century lime kiln excavated at Jamestown. In it oyster shells from the James River were burned for making lime. The iron hoops which supported the arched top of the kiln buckled from the intense heat A 17th-century lime kiln excavated at Jamestown. In it oyster shells from the James River were burned for making...
Poor Pinocchio's Feet Burn to Cinders Poor Pinocchio's Feet Burn to Cinders
Burned to the Water's Edge Burned to the Water's Edge
fire of love that burns in the hearts of people fire of love that burns in the hearts of people
The Burning of Jamestown The Burning of Jamestown

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The smoke that is produced by a fire kills more people than a burn does because of carbon monoxide and other dangerous gases
    • Burning Consuming; intense; inflaming; exciting; vehement; powerful; as, burning zeal. "Like a young hound upon a burning scent."
    • Burning That burns; being on fire; excessively hot; fiery.
    • n Burning The act of consuming by fire or heat, or of subjecting to the effect of fire or heat; the state of being on fire or excessively heated.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The candlefish is so oily that it was once burned for fuel
    • n burning The act or process of consuming by fire.
    • n burning In metal-working, the act or process of uniting metallic surfaces by fusing them together, or by running molten metal of the same kind between them.
    • n burning In ceramics, the final firing, as for glazing, fixing the colors, or the like: used somewhat loosely.
    • burning Scorching; hot: as, the burning sands of the Sahara.
    • burning Powerful; strong; vehement; ardent.
    • burning Causing excitement, ardor, or enthusiasm; enchaining or demanding attention.
    • burning Synonyms Blazing, flaming, scorching, fiery, hot.
    • n burning Oxidation of iron by keeping it too long at a welding heat. Burnt iron is practically worthless, although it is sometimes used after repeated reheatings and hammerings, which partially remedy the damage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television
    • Burning act of consuming by fire: conflagration: inflammation
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  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Better do a good deed near at home than go far away to burn incense.”
  • Viktor E. Frankl
    Viktor E. Frankl
    “What is to give light must endure the burning.”
  • Buddha
    “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.”
  • Ray Bradbury
    Ray Bradbury
    “You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
  • Joseph Brodsky
    “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side.”


Burn rubber - If you burn rubber, you drive very fast to get somewhere.
Burn the candle at both ends - Someone who burns the candle at both ends lives life at a hectic pace, doing things which are likely to affect their health badly.
Burn the midnight oil - If you stay up very late working or studying, you burn the midnight oil.
Burn your bridges - If you burn your bridges, you do something that makes it impossible to go back from the position you have taken.
Burn your fingers - If you burn your fingers, you suffer a loss or something unpleasant as the result of something you did, making you less likely to do it again.
Burning daylight - Burning daylight is wasting time.
Burning question - A burning question is something we all want to know about.
Fiddle while Rome burns - If people are fiddling while Rome burns, they are wasting their time on futile things while problems threaten to destroy them.
Make bets in a burning house - (USA) If people are making bets in a burning house, they are engaged in futile activity while serious problems around them are getting worse.
Money burns a hole in your pocket - If someone has money burning a hole in their pocket, they are eager to spend it, normally in a wasteful manner.
Money to burn - If someone is very rich, they have money to burn.


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:

Joe found a slow burn beginning inside him.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
Would they ever return to their ruined homes and devastated lands, where they would find houses burned, and vines and olives cut down?
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
A fever had seized me, and a burning thought came over me that I no longer could withstand.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 347, September, 1844" by Various
The flame is without container, and threatens to burn the hand that would check it.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
He too saw the burning spring that had helped Dr. Walker to scrutinize his maps at night.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
She reached one hand through the door, which was ajar, and took the burning candle.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Yes; truly Caesar has commanded the burning of the city!
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
It burned brightly during the day of November 12.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
He's maybe for a dander up the burn juist.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
On his way, he stopped and burned the British fort and barracks of St. Joseph.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot

In poetry:

Through the dreary desert,
Through the burning sand
Till, on shores of promise
And of peace, ye land.
"Invocation" by Mathilde Blind
I have come the selfsame path
To the selfsame door,
Years have left the roses there
Burning as before
"Dooryard Roses" by Sara Teasdale
Teach me, fire, but this,
Nor alone destroying burn:--
Of thy warmth let me learn,
But most thy light.
"But Most Thy Light" by John Freeman
Yet love unsure
No wilder could be burning.
Come, go, come, go,
There's neither leaving nor returning.
"The Dark Fire" by John Freeman
Day after day
At spring's return,
I watch my flowers, how they burn
Their lives away,
Day after day ...
"The Flowers" by Aldous Huxley
The Burne-Jones cartons
Have preserved her eyes;
Still, at the Tate, they teach
Cophetua to rhapsodize;
"Yeux Glauques" by Ezra Pound

In news:

Joyia Emard/Loomis NewsCaustic chemicals burned Betsy's hair off and burned through two layers of skin from her lower shoulder to her hoof.
Christian Jukola rests in a hospital bed at the Lehigh Valley Burn Center, where he is recovering from burns he suffered Nov 3 in an accident at South Hills Park in South Lebanon Township.
New wildfires burning on both the east and west sides of Washington are threatening homes and prompting officials to plead with residents to obey burn bans and be cautious in tinder-dry conditions.
Nov 22, 2012 — Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon document the wrongful 1989 rape conviction of a group of teens in The Central Park Five.
Cal Fire tells us the control burn near Coon Creek has jumped containment lines and is now burning on Valencia Peak in Montana de Oro State Park.
In Ken Burns' new documentary, "The Dust Bowl," which I had the privilege to preview on Nov 12 at the OSU Tulsa Campus, Burns shows us how the Dust Bowl was entirely preventable.
A flag is raised at half staff on a burned tree in the backyard of a burned out home.
John Munson/The Star-Ledger Garbage burns inside the Covanta Essex County Resource Recovery Facility which burns trash to make energy.
Officials said after yesterday's storms, a lot of leaves fell from burned trees and could add new fuel to previously burned areas.
RAFAL ROGOZA/THE JERSEY JOURNAL From left, John Burns of Burns Bros Memorials and Rocco Santopietro stand near the memorial for Santopietro's son, John, at Veterans Park in Bayonne.
THE GUARDIAN GUIDE TO BURNING MAN: Tips and resources to get the most out of Burning Man.
The baby is being treated at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill for second-degree burns over 12 percent of her body.
Two badly burned bodies were found by firefighters in a burning White City home Friday morning, and police suspect they may now have a possible case of double homicide.
Growing up in the 1950s, I recall October's pungent smell of burning leaves, often laced with heavy smoke as homeowners raked leaves to the gutter and burned away.
This means that anyone with a residential burn permit will now be allowed to conduct a controlled burn.

In science:

Also, the ratio of thermal time to shearing time is smaller for a pure helium atmosphere, and the energy production more localized because of the temperature sensitivity of He burning reactions, increasing the likelihood of observing coherent oscillations for pure He bursts.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
Bursts with longer durations typical of H burning showed no oscillations.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
The observed decay times τ ≈ 2 –7 s are similar to the expected cooling time of the burning layers (eq. ).
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
However, we found in §4 that there are mechanisms that might couple the burning layers to the star on a similar timescale.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
Can we distinguish between these two possibilities observationally? Figure 12 shows that if the burning layers remain decoupled, the frequency observed in the burst tail will not be that of the neutron star spin.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts