burn·​er ˈbər-nər How to pronounce burner (audio)
plural burners
: one that burns: such as
: the part of a fuel-burning or heat-producing device (such as a furnace or stove) where the flame or heat is produced
: a device for recording data on an optical disk
: an athlete who possesses great speed
: burner phone
We got back in the front of the van and I leaned over and checked the glove box. There were two cell phones in there, both pre-paid burners with a set number of pre-paid minutes, both still in their drugstore packaging, effectively untraceable if bought with cash …Lee Child
medical : stinger sense 4
He missed two games late in the season because of what athletic trainers call "cervical burners," a fairly appropriate description of the pain that would originate in Wadsworth's neck and shoot down his body.Emily Dorman

Example Sentences

The burner on the furnace isn't working. The computer comes equipped with a CD burner.
Recent Examples on the Web Beyond these front-burner issues, what else will Musk do with Twitter? Todd Spangler, Variety, 29 Oct. 2022 Since DeMaurice Smith became the NFLPA’s executive director in 2009, concussions have consistently been a front-burner issue for a union that has admirably held the NFL’s feet to the fire. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 3 Oct. 2022 With over 3,812 feet of elevation gain, the path is a real calf burner. Lauren Matison, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 Jan. 2023 Hunter Burn is a fat burner that contains ingredients like green tea extract, caffeine, and Capsaicin. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 15 Dec. 2022 There's even a side burner for heating up side dishes. Matt Jancer, WIRED, 5 Oct. 2022 Its gentle movements allow for enough mobility and circulation due to the constant motion in the legs, while still being a calorie-burner that makes a difference in one’s overall health. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 5 Oct. 2022 PrimeShred is the best fat burner for targeting belly fat. Dallas News, 20 Sep. 2022 If all the teams compete with their full rosters, the meet could be a barn-burner. Joe Magill, cleveland, 1 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of burner was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Burner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burner. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


burn·​er ˈbər-nər How to pronounce burner (audio)
: one that burns: as
: the part of a fuel-burning or heat-producing device (as a furnace or stove) where a flame or heat is produced
: a device for recording data on an optical disk

Medical Definition


burn·​er ˈbər-nər How to pronounce burner (audio)

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