noun af·ter·burn \ˈaf-tər-ˌbərn\

Definition of afterburn

  1. 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. 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. 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)>


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