burn·​er | \ ˈbər-nər How to pronounce burner (audio) \
plural burners

Definition of burner

1 : one that burns: such as
a : the part of a fuel-burning or heat-producing device (such as a furnace or stove) where the flame or heat is produced
b : a device for recording data on an optical disk
2 : an athlete who possesses great speed
3 : 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
4 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

Examples of burner in a Sentence

The burner on the furnace isn't working. The computer comes equipped with a CD burner.
Recent Examples on the Web The open kitchen has a six-burner gas cooktop, large island, convection oven, Sub-Zero appliances and a warming drawer. Dallas News, "Uptown known as one of city’s ‘most walkable neighborhoods’," 4 Oct. 2020 Return the Dutch oven to a burner and bring the pepper mixture and juices to a boil. Jessica Battilana, SFChronicle.com, "One-pot braised chicken features silky late-summer peppers," 18 Sep. 2020 As evidenced in our bread test, Char-Broil’s Tru-Infrared four-burner grill has remarkably even heat distribution. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Your Ultimate Grill Buying Guide—Tested and Approved," 8 Sep. 2020 Hron was able to reverse the most important functions, including the ones that check if a carafe is on the burner, cause the device to beep, and—most importantly—install an update. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "When coffee makers are demanding a ransom, you know IoT is screwed," 26 Sep. 2020 Thursday night was exactly how Stefanski maximizes his outside burner. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "What to actually expect from Odell Beckham Jr. in a Kevin Stefanski offense: Film Review," 24 Sep. 2020 The Brammers will text you from a bagel burner phone. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "Making some dough: Meet 5 Dallas-area bakers going big with a bread business," 2 Sep. 2020 The two-burner Coleman Classic Propane Stove is nostalgia in a box and a steal at around 45 bucks. Joe Ray, Wired, "The Joy of ‘Analog’ Cooking on a Green Coleman Camp Stove," 30 Aug. 2020 In that case, the second-best thing is getting a cheap burner phone. Popular Science, "Five ways to protect your privacy during a protest," 26 June 2020

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First Known Use of burner

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Oct 2020

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“Burner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burner. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of burner

: the part of a furnace, stove, etc., where the flame or heat is produced
: a device that burns something : a device in which something is burned
computers : a device that is used to record information or music on a CD or DVD


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

Kids Definition of burner

: the part of a stove or furnace where the flame or heat is produced


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