Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

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

Etymologies

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From the verb to burn out.

Examples

  • Today the term burnout, which is characterized by emotional exhaustion, is recognized in Europe and is a common concern among those who work in the medical or humanitarian aid fields.

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  • Today the term burnout, which is characterized by emotional exhaustion, is recognized in Europe and is a common concern among those who work in the medical or humanitarian aid fields.

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  • Today the term burnout, which is characterized by emotional exhaustion, is recognized in Europe and is a common concern among those who work in the medical or humanitarian aid fields.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • Today the term burnout, which is characterized by emotional exhaustion, is recognized in Europe and is a common concern among those who work in the medical or humanitarian aid fields.

    chicagotribune.com - News

  • Today the term burnout, which is characterized by emotional exhaustion, is recognized in Europe and is a common concern among those who work in the medical or humanitarian aid fields.

    chicagotribune.com - News

  • Today the term burnout, which is characterized by emotional exhaustion, is recognized in Europe and is a common concern among those who work in the medical or humanitarian aid fields.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • Today the term burnout, which is characterized by emotional exhaustion, is recognized in Europe and is a common concern among those who work in the medical or humanitarian aid fields.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • Today the term burnout, which is characterized by emotional exhaustion, is recognized in Europe and is a common concern among those who work in the medical or humanitarian aid fields.

    chicagotribune.com - News

  • So let's call it burnout, the slow burn of being smart enough to realize there's more to life than his heretofore-singular existence of hitting balls and dreaming of Nicklaus 'majors.

    USATODAY.com - Burnout can bring brighter outlook

  • In his victory-lap news conference Thursday, Bush noted, The word 'burnout' is often times used in Washington.

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