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

  • intransitive verb To catch fire; burst into flame.
  • intransitive verb To undergo combustion; burn.
  • intransitive verb To become suddenly angry or agitated.
  • intransitive verb To cause to burn; ignite.
  • intransitive verb To cause to become angry or violent.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To inflame with excitement and agitation.
  • Burnt.
  • Hence In astronomy, so near the sun as to be obscured by it, or not more than 8½° from it.
  • To burn up or consume with fire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Burnt; consumed.
  • adjective (Astron.), obsolete So near the sun as to be obscured or eclipsed by his light, as the moon or planets when not more than eight degrees and a half from the sun.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To burn; to catch fire.
  • adjective obsolete Burnt.
  • adjective astrology In close conjunction with the sun (so that its astrological influence is "burnt up"), sometimes specified to be within 8 degrees 30'.

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

  • verb start to burn or burst into flames
  • verb cause to burn or combust
  • verb get very angry and fly into a rage
  • verb cause to become violent or angry
  • verb undergo combustion

Etymologies

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

[Back-formation from combustion.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin combūstus.

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