burn off


Definition of burn off 

intransitive verb

: to be dissipated by the sun's warmth waiting for the fog to burn off

transitive verb

: to cause to burn off

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Long undervalued, natural gas was once burned off indiscriminately as an unwanted byproduct of oil drilling. Jie Jenny Zou Of The Center For Public Integrity, The Seattle Times, "How DC unleashed fossil-fuel exports despite climate worries," 16 Oct. 2018 The fire quickly grew to 100 acres and is burning off Highway 15 and Kenwood Avenue, north of San Bernardino. Sarah Parvini, latimes.com, "Numerous homes destroyed as heat wave, winds spark brush fires," 6 July 2018 Ignite the wine and flambé until alcohol burns off. Rachel Ellner, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: The Daily Catch’s Monkfish Marsala," 14 May 2018 The Shingle Fire is burning off of South Shingle and Latrobe roads west of the unincorporated community of Latrobe and is at zero percent containment, according to Cal Fire. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "El Dorado County fire burns 150 acres; evacuations ordered," 4 July 2018 Once that burns off, Saturday will be sunny and much warmer with temperatures approaching 80 degrees. Rosemarie Stein | The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Portland metro Thursday weather: Showers with cooler temps and occasional sun breaks," 10 May 2018 Growing up in Colorado as one of seven children, hiking had been a family ritual — her parents’ way of getting her and her siblings to burn off energy without busting through the walls or the budget. New York Times, "The Amy Adams Method," 29 June 2018 The trampoline parks like Sky Zone and Helium are a great way for everyone to burn off energy. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An active family, an odd work schedule leaves Mom with no workout routine," 12 June 2018 First, the experts check for anything that could help identify the bodies, such as clothing that hasn’t been burned off by flows said to have reached temperatures as high as 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit (700 C). Washington Post, "Grim task as forensic experts ID Guatemala volcano victims," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of burn off

circa 1925, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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