afterburn

noun af·ter·burn \ ˈaf-tər-ˌbərn \

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)

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First Known Use of afterburn

1963


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