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  • v. To cause (a structure) to burn to nothing.
  • v. To burn completely, so that nothing remains.

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

  • v. destroy by fire
  • v. burn completely; be consumed or destroyed by fire


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  • The immediate cause of the launchpad fire was just as mundane and trivial as the nail-in-the-paneling problem that had caused the Armstrongs’ home to burn down less than three years earlier.

    First Man

  • They tell me it is perfectly wonderful how difficult it is to burn down closed-in earth-walled huts, particularly when, as my husband explained to me, they are built in rooms communicating from one to the other by small doors throughout their whole length, and, except these same doors, have no other opening; so the stench, he says, was frightful.

    Three Months in the Soudan

  • He had expected the 'middle-aged" janitor convicted of destroying the lab to be a fundamentalist Christian fanatic, a sexually repressed lout driven loony as an outhouse rat by charlatan evangelists and the ambiguous poetry of the Bible; a knife-nosed, tight-lipped, lost-eyed ignoramus on a self-appointed mission to punish scientists for playing God, like those peasants who burn down the mad doctor's castle at the conclusion of countless monster movies.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • A Scotchman known as Jack the Painter, he had lodged at various houses in the Pithay, a tumbledown street which crossed the Froom along St. James’s Backs; after the second attempt to burn down Alderman Barnes’s sugar house, he suddenly disappeared.

    Morgan’s Run

  • The old Bariaktar talked the tribe into passing a law to burn down the house of any man selling his daughter to a Moslem.

    High Albania

  • So the idea is that I hired a couple of voyous to burn down the barn, picked up a pair of hitch-hikers as a cover, and arranged to arrive on the scene in the nick of time to prove myself a hero. "

    Salvage for the Saint

  • As a matter of fact, he did have a spell that would keep him warm, but he was afraid he might burn down the castle if he used it on the rubbish-pile and then fell asleep.

    With a Single Spell

  • I'll hang the lot of them ... and that I'll burn down their entire flea-ridden village.

    The War with the Newts

  • When not allowed to burn down their tepees or houses, those poor souls who were in a dying condition would be carried out to the neighboring hillsides just before dissolution, and there abandoned to their sufferings, with little or no attention, unless the placing under their heads of a small stick of wood -- with possibly some laudable object, but doubtless great discomfort to their victim -- might be considered such.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • Mrs. Fithiol drew aside the bed curtains and shoved them her children, "What!" she said, "Would you burn down the house over four little children" "Children are very common things nowadays, we see them every day" was the brutal reply.

    Diary, August 8, 1859-May 15, 1865.


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