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

  • n. A failure in a device attributable to burning, excessive heat, or friction.
  • n. Aerospace The termination of rocket or jet-engine operation because of fuel exhaustion or shutoff.
  • n. Aerospace The point at which this termination occurs.
  • n. Physical or emotional exhaustion, especially as a result of long-term stress or dissipation.
  • n. One who is worn out physically or emotionally, as from long-term stress.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Using the throttle to spin the wheels of a vehicle being held stationary, causing the spinning tires to produce smoke and burn rubber.
  • n. A marijuana addict; one whose brains have been burned out.
  • n. The experience of long-term exhaustion and diminished interest, especially in one's career.


From the verb to burn out. (Wiktionary)



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