burn-in

noun
\ ˈbərn-ˌin How to pronounce burn-in (audio) \

Definition of burn-in

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

verb
burned in or burnt in; burning in; burns in

Definition of burn in (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

First Known Use of burn-in

Noun

1966, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1939, in the meaning defined above

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“Burn-in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burn-in. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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