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

  • adj. Variant of burned-out.

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

  • adj. exhausted as a result of longtime stress
  • adj. inoperative as a result of heat or friction
  • adj. destroyed or badly damaged by fire


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press People picked up baby strollers and carried them over the piles of shell casings littering the pavement, steering them around the sand berms and burnt-out tanks blocking the sidewalks.

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  • Released in 1981, it's like the last Hollywood movie of the 1960s, in which the aspirations and ideals of that long-gone decade finally soured irrevocably on its dazed, burnt-out survivors.

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  • But two out-of-the-blue disasters have hit Rachel and her family in the last five days: a burnt-out clutch which is going to be very expensive, and a diagnosis of breast cancer in her husband's family.

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  • T. Mughal/European Pressphoto Agency CONVOY ATTACK: A truck driver examined a burnt-out truck after a convoy carrying oil for NATO forces in Afghanistan was attacked by suspected militants on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, killing at least five people.

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  • On succeeding pages of “The Cloud-Sculptors of Coral D,” we find that “memories, caravels without sails, crossed the shadowy deserts of her burnt-out eyes” and that the dwarf, Petit Manuel, regards this same woman “with eyes like crushed flowers.”

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  • The movie Sideways put the Santa Ynez Valley on the map--and not just for aging burnt-out urban dwellers unlucky in love--a steady stream of wine-curious souls head here to wake up their taste buds at the valley's more than 70 wineries and tasting rooms.

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  • By Megan Cytron The movie Sideways put the Santa Ynez Valley on the map--and not just for aging burnt-out urban dwellers...

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  • The projections are staged amid appropriate props: portable toilets, a burnt-out VW campervan.

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  • Rebel soldiers stand by a burnt-out truck belonging to pro-Gaddafi forces who attacked an oil refinery on Monday.

    Gaddafi forces kill 17 at oil refinery

  • Lead scientist Walter John Noble from Lord Of The Rings and, ahem, TV's Home And Away was presented as a burnt-out acid casualty of the progressive hippy science of 1960s Berkeley college, more a Timothy Leary than an Agent Mulder – an important part of his alternative science kit is a live cow.

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