A flame is kept constantly burning at the monument.
A small fire burned brightly in the fireplace.
There was a little stove burning in the front room.
I could smell smoke and knew that something was burning.
Be sure not to leave any candles burning when you go to bed.
I burned the letter when I had finished reading it.
The new town law makes it illegal to burn trash.
The wildfire has burned acres of forest.
Parts of the house were badly burned in the fire.
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The pair, who met as college undergrads, both burned with idealism and recognized their privilege could be leveraged for a game-changing idea.—Carole Horst, Variety, 13 Sep. 2023 The Ellen MacArthur Foundation promotes circular fashion and says that, in the United States, an amount of clothing equal to a garbage truck is ferried to landfills or burned every second.—Neeti Mehra, Treehugger, 13 Sep. 2023 Thick smoke of burning incense penetrates the room, perfuming everything sacred.—Julissa James, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2023 Be sure to burn this candle on a heat-safe surface, and always trim the wick to ¼ or ½ inch before lighting for the best candle burning results.—Sarah Wolf Halverson, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Sep. 2023 Such interactions can light a fuse that may burn throughout a school year, only to erupt when students arrive for a new semester driving their parents’ car.—Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2023 William Lucas, 8, survived after Tonya Lucas’ boyfriend at the time rescued him from the burning home.—Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 12 Sep. 2023 Yet, Ewers’ cannon of a right arm burned the Tide’s secondary more often than not with six completions of at least 30 yards.—Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 10 Sep. 2023 An estimated 358,000 vehicles were damaged from Hurricane Ian’s widespread flooding in Florida and the Carolinas and only 21 electric vehicles are known to have burned — a number much lower than some officials initially warned of.—Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2023
Autoworkers at Detroit’s biggest vehicle manufacturers are signing up for strike shifts, buying burn barrels and saving money to prepare for a possible work stoppage as contract talks remain tense ahead of Thursday’s deadline.—Jeanne Whalen, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2023 But two guns were under the debris in the burn barrel, and a shot went off while the boy was standing next to the barrel, according to the sheriff's office.—Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 12 Sep. 2023 In reality, the first sensation is sweet, with a slow burn that builds from Tianjin chiles.—Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2023 From strappy numbers for your next Spin class to seamless, ribbed designs for a slow yoga burn, these are the best sports bras on Amazon that athletes recommend adding to cart ASAP.—Nikhita Mahtani, Glamour, 11 Sep. 2023 With up to 60 hours of burn time, the candle makes a great addition to any gift bag or as a gift on its own.—Jenna Clark, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Sep. 2023 The burn had initially been scheduled for Saturday night but was postponed to Sunday and then again to Monday night.—BostonGlobe.com, 4 Sep. 2023 Hereditary | Official Trailer HD | A24 Watch on
A slow burn of crawl-out-of-your-skin dread, Ari Aster’s Hereditary has quickly gained recognition as one of the best scary movies of all time.—Claudia Guthrie, ELLE, 29 Aug. 2023 Last week, Edwards declared a state of emergency because of extreme heat and believes that some of the fires could have been prevented if residents had adhered to the statewide burn ban which has been in effect for weeks.—Janet Shamlian, CBS News, 28 Aug. 2023 See More
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Middle English birnen, from Old English byrnan, intransitive verb, bærnan, transitive verb; akin to Old High German brinnan to burn
Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German brunno spring of water
: to injure or damage by exposure to fire, heat, or radiation
burned his hand
: to break down and use as a source of energy
burn calories during exercise
2 of 2noun
: bodily injury resulting from exposure to heat, caustics, electricity, or some radiations, marked by varying degrees of skin destruction and hyperemia often with the formation of watery blisters and in severe cases by charring of the tissues, and classified according to the extent and degree of the injury see first-degree burn, second-degree burn, third-degree burn