"burning" in the noun sense
1. burning, combustion
the act of burning something
"the burning of leaves was prohibited by a town ordinance"
2. burn, burning
pain that feels hot as if it were on fire
3. combustion, burning
a process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give heat and light
4. electrocution, burning
execution by electricity
5. burning, burning at the stake
execution by fire
a form of torture in which cigarettes or cigars or other hot implements are used to burn the victim's skin
"burning" in the verb sense
1. burn, fire, burn down
destroy by fire
"They burned the house and his diaries"
2. burn, glow
shine intensely, as if with heat
"The coals were glowing in the dark"
"The candles were burning"
3. burn, combust
"Maple wood burns well"
4. bite, sting, burn
cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort
"The sun burned his face"
5. burn, combust
cause to burn or combust
"The sun burned off the fog"
"We combust coal and other fossil fuels"
feel strong emotion, especially anger or passion
"She was burning with anger"
"He was burning to try out his new skies"
7. burn, incinerate
cause to undergo combustion
"The car burns only Diesel oil"
execute by tying to a stake and setting alight
"Witches were burned in Salem"
spend (significant amounts of money
"He has money to burn"
feel hot or painful
"My eyes are burning"
11. cauterize, cauterise, burn
burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent
"The surgeon cauterized the wart"
12. sunburn, burn
get a sunburn by overexposure to the sun
13. cut, burn
create by duplicating data
"cut a disk"
"burn a CD"
14. burn off, burn, burn up
use up (energy
"burn off calories through vigorous exercise"
damage by burning with heat, fire, or radiation
"The iron burnt a hole in my dress"
"burning" in the adjective sense
of immediate import
"burning issues of the day"
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