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: the continuous operation of a device (such as a computer) as a test for defects or failure prior to putting it to use

burn in

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burned in or burnt in; burning in; burns in

transitive verb

: to increase the density of (portions of a photographic print) during enlarging by giving extra exposure

Examples of burn-in in a Sentence

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Also: Alienware is the only brand offering a three-year burn-in warranty on OLED with next-business-day replacements. Verge Staff, The Verge, 12 Jan. 2024 At the same time, there's still much to learn about OLED monitor burn-in. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 21 Nov. 2023 Different OEMs put their own spin on burn-in testing. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 3 Nov. 2023 The possibility of burn-in isn’t eliminated by QD-OLED, but the hope is that these panels could exhibit a longer overall life span than existing OLED TVs since the pixels aren’t working as hard. Jon Porter, The Verge, 14 July 2023 Just as Samsung has sought to patch the core picture quality weaknesses of LCD screens, LG has produced some inventive solutions that have reduced the risk of OLED burn-in. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 13 Apr. 2023 And, of course, OLED panels have a history of burn-in. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 13 Apr. 2023
In that cozy corner, a fireplace was often burning in the cool fall mornings and evenings. Hannah Selinger, Travel + Leisure, 10 May 2024 The statue was discovered dismantled and burned in a trash can fire on Jan. 30 in Garvey Park, authorities said. Leah Sarnoff, ABC News, 9 May 2024 That head-scratching statement is based on the company’s plans to power its facilities with clean energy and limit heat-trapping methane releases — useful but still totally inadequate steps that ignore all the pollution unleashed when the oil being extracted is later burned in cars and trucks. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2024 Pepper spray can cause chemical burns in lungs, block airways and trigger coughing and excessive mucus. Nichole Manna, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 May 2024 About 6,500 gallons of fuel were burned in the fire and state environmental teams conducted a cleanup operation along the nearby Norwalk River, according to State Emergency Management Director William Turner. Thao Nguyen, USA TODAY, 5 May 2024 The weather service advises: If you are allowed to burn in your area, all burn barrels must be covered with a weighted metal cover, with holes no larger than three-quarters of an inch. Staff Reports, The Arizona Republic, 4 May 2024 Major Iraqi parties have in the past year stepped up criticism of LGBT rights, with rainbow flags frequently being burned in protests by both ruling and opposition conservative Shi’ite Muslim factions last year. Reuters, NBC News, 28 Apr. 2024 Expand All See photos from firefighters working the scene at a massive fire burning in Charlotte’s South Park neighborhood Thursday morning. The Pham, Charlotte Observer, 20 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1966, in the meaning defined above


circa 1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of burn-in was circa 1939

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“Burn-in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burn-in. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the continuous operation of a device (as a computer) as a test for defects or failure prior to putting it to use
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