Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small laboratory burner consisting of a vertical metal tube connected to a gas source and producing a very hot flame from a mixture of gas and air let in through adjustable holes at the base.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a small laboratory gas burner whose air supply may be controlled with an adjustable hole

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a kind of burner, invented by Professor Bunsen of Heidelberg, consisting of a straight tube, four or five inches in length, having small holes for the entrance of air at the bottom. Illuminating gas being also admitted at the bottom, a mixture of gas and air is formed which burns at the top with a feebly luminous but intensely hot flame.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See the nouns.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a gas burner used in laboratories; has an air valve to regulate the mixture of gas and air

Etymologies

After Robert Wilhelm Bunsen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named for Robert Wilhelm Bunsen. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Edicts had come down from City Personnel: no loan-outs of City medical tools; no fraternizing with the County crew while on duty; no Bunsen burner moonshine parties, for fear of mistagged DOA’s and body parts snatched as souvenirs resulting in scandals to back up the Brenda Allen job.

    The Big Nowhere

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