Bunsen burner

noun

Bun·​sen burner ˈbən(t)-sən- How to pronounce Bunsen burner (audio)
: a gas burner consisting typically of a straight tube with small holes at the bottom where air enters and mixes with the gas to produce an intensely hot blue flame

Examples of Bunsen burner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Faraday helped discover two new compounds of chlorine and carbon in those early days, learned how to make his own glass, and also invented an early version of the Bunsen burner, among other accomplishments. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 26 Dec. 2023 Barrett's father, Kyle, told WLOS that his son's experiment involved a Bunsen burner, a tool typically used in laboratory settings. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 8 July 2022 Before the invention of the dip-and-read test in 1956, technicians added chemicals to urine and then heated the mixture over a Bunsen burner. New York Times, 3 May 2021 The Soletair had a Bunsen burner roaring for this demonstration, and the company mentioned having run a cook stove in the office previously. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, 13 Oct. 2020 Today's students recognize Bunsen's name mainly from the Bunsen burner widely used in high school and university labs. Corey S Powell, Discover Magazine, 6 Mar. 2014

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Word History

Etymology

Robert W. Bunsen

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Bunsen burner was in 1860

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Cite this Entry

“Bunsen burner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bunsen%20burner. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

Bunsen burner

noun
Bun·​sen burner ˌbən(t)-sən- How to pronounce Bunsen burner (audio)
: a gas burner consisting typically of a tube with small holes at the bottom where air enters and mixes with the gas to produce a very hot blue flame
Etymology

named for Robert Bunsen 1811–1899 German chemist

Medical Definition

Bunsen burner

noun
Bun·​sen burn·​er ˈbən(t)-sən-ˌbər-nər How to pronounce Bunsen burner (audio)
: a gas burner consisting typically of a straight tube with small holes at the bottom where air enters and mixes with the gas to produce an intensely hot blue flame

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