from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To extinguish due to lack of fuel.
  • v. To tire due to overwork.
  • v. To make (someone) unavailable for work involving exposure to ionizing radiation by employing (the person) in such work until the person's accumulated exposure reaches the maximum permitted for an administrative period, typically a year.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To burn till the fuel is exhausted.
  • intransitive v. To stop functioning due to failure of some component caused by the heat of the electrical current used in its operation; -- of electrical devices.
  • intransitive v. To become apathetic or depressed, and cease to function effectively, due to the fatigue and frustration of prolonged stress and overwork; -- of people.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The melting of a wire or other electric conductor by an electric current of too great quantity.

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

  • v. melt, break, or become otherwise unusable


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  • If I could burn out Anton's talent, maybe I could burn out my own.


  • Distantly, she wondered if they really had a chance, or whether the radiation from Angelmass would burn out their control lines — and them — before they could figure out which direction was the safe one.


  • “Natural or not,” Er’ril said, raising his torch toward a tangle of web blowing out toward them, “a hot-enough fire can burn out any corruption.”

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  • Ranchers help prime the sprawling pastures by torching them to burn out prairie brush, clearing the way for stands of big bluestem and other grasses that are cheap cattle feed.

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  • One must burn out the last vestiges of vanity -- and what else was suicide but an inverted form of vanity?


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