burn away

phrasal verb

burned away or burnt away; burning away; burns away
: to be removed or to remove (something) by fire or heat
The outer layer of wooden shingles burned away quickly in the fire.
The fire quickly burned the outer layer of wooden shingles away.
burned away unwanted hair

Examples of burn away in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company uses electrolysis to remove the oxides from iron ore, instead of the standard method which uses coke, a form of coal, to burn away the oxygen. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Sep. 2023 It’s even guaranteed to endure a drop of up to 15 feet if the floor beneath it burns away. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, 24 Aug. 2023 The inn’s top floor is charred with large sections burnt away. Carlos R. Muñoz, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Aug. 2023 Satellite imagery and social media videos show the tree’s bare branches, its vegetation burned away, reports CNN’s Alisha Ebrahimji. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Aug. 2023 The good news is, emphasizing muscle building will spark some habits and physiological responses that may help burn away some unwanted fat. Cori Ritchey, Men's Health, 9 Aug. 2023 Then, when the afternoon sun burns away the mist, verdant green hills appear. Leah Feiger, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Aug. 2023 Let the flames or high temperatures burn away as much detritus as possible. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 3 July 2023 Part of the page has burned away entirely, and the right half of what remains is almost totally black. Megan Greenwell, WIRED, 27 June 2023 See More

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“Burn away.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burn%20away. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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