afterburn

noun
af·​ter·​burn | \ ˈaf-tər-ˌbərn How to pronounce afterburn (audio) \

Definition of afterburn

1 : a hot, spicy, or burning sensation that remains in the mouth after consumption of a food or beverage And at 13.5 percent alcohol, it leaves a noticeable afterburn on the palate.— Howard G. Goldberg
2 : a period of lingering anger, fear, bitterness, etc., that follows a painful or traumatic event … the afterburn of a hateful divorce.— Gillian Flynn
3 : the consumption of calories by the body in the period following exercise Is the afterburn real? Whether the metabolism speeds up for hours after exercise is an old question, and studies over the years have produced mixed results.News and Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina)

Examples of afterburn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Except, of course, for the people who don't have the luxury of not still smelling the afterburn in the air. Scarier than the Chart is the Thing. Caissie St. Onge, EW.com, "Here's how talk shows can do and be better — from a longtime producer (Op-ed)," 20 Aug. 2020 Similarly, while higher-intensity workouts might result in a slight post-workout afterburn (research conflicts on this issue), those short-term results don’t affect what your metabolism will be the following day. Washington Post, "Can you really change your metabolism?," 13 Jan. 2020 Still, research shows that high-intensity training produces a bigger afterburn effect than steady-state training does. Lauren Bedosky, SELF, "Let’s Talk About the Myth of Running and Weight Loss," 16 Dec. 2017 Bueno’s house special is a chicken breast in her house recipe mole, brown and sweet but with a notable afterburn. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram.com, "A new chicken mole at Frida’s, and prepare for the Peach Festival," 5 July 2017

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First Known Use of afterburn

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for afterburn

after- + burn entry 2

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Cite this Entry

“Afterburn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/afterburn. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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