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

  • adj. Marked by flames or intense heat: a burning sun.
  • adj. Characterized by intense emotion; passionate: a burning desire for justice.
  • adj. Of immediate import; urgent: "the issues that seem so burning in Washington” ( John F. Kennedy).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of burn.
  • adj. So hot as to seem to burn (something).
  • adj. Feeling very hot.
  • adj. Feeling great passion.
  • n. A fire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. That burns; being on fire; excessively hot; fiery.
  • adj. Consuming; intense; inflaming; exciting; vehement; powerful.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Scorching; hot: as, the burning sands of the Sahara.
  • Powerful; strong; vehement; ardent.
  • Causing excitement, ardor, or enthusiasm; enchaining or demanding attention.
  • Synonyms Blazing, flaming, scorching, fiery, hot.
  • n. The act or process of consuming by fire.
  • n. 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. In ceramics, the final firing, as for glazing, fixing the colors, or the like: used somewhat loosely.
  • n. Oxidation of iron by keeping it too long at a welding heat.

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

  • adj. of immediate import
  • n. a process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give heat and light
  • n. execution by electricity
  • n. a form of torture in which cigarettes or cigars or other hot implements are used to burn the victim's skin
  • n. the act of burning something
  • n. execution by fire
  • n. pain that feels hot as if it were on fire


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  • (_the burning of the body_), 3015; by hine ne mōston ... bronde forbærnan (_could not bestow upon him the solemn burning_), 2127; hæfde landwara līge befangen, bǣle and bronde, _with glow, fire, and flame_,


  • (_the burning of the body_), 3015; by hine ne môston ... bronde forbärnan (_could not bestow upon him the solemn burning_), 2127; häfde landwara lîge befangen, bæle and bronde, _with glow, fire, and flame_,


  • Addie murmured, the word burning into his sweater.

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  • On the other hand, if you don't know the origins of the phrase "burning the candle at both ends" or why a parlour is called a parlour it's from the French parler, a place to talk then this will tell you in perfectly sprightly fashion.

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  • She also loses the sympathy of the audience by not only losing sight of her dream, but never seeming to really have cared about it to begin with as she never mentions writing again after the first pair of Jimmy Choos, and what they called burning a co-worker that was not really flushed out very well.

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  • But part of the waste can be got rid of only by burning, and what we call burning is another name for combining with oxygen, or to use one word -- _oxidation_; and this is precisely the purpose of the carrying of oxygen by the little red blood cells from the lungs to the deeper parts of the body -- to burn up, or oxidize, these waste materials which would otherwise poison our cells.

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  • If rapid circles 'motion be that which they call burning!

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  • We've been fortunate that where we participated in the excess causality markets we are fairly above what we call the burning layers for most of our portfolio and where we do come down, we are in a much more specialized produce or position either by industry or by seat or by company we are insuring.

  • This, carried out in a controlled scientific way, is known as the burning glass method of measuring sunshine hours, in use for 150 years.

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  • These were exams for officer jobs .... positions that would be on the rear lines doing the decision-making, not running around in burning buildings.

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