burner

noun burn·er \ ˈbər-nər \
|Updated on: 12 Jul 2018

Definition of burner

plural burners
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 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

  1. The burner on the furnace isn't working.

  2. The computer comes equipped with a CD burner.

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First Known Use of burner

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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BURNER Defined for English Language Learners

burner

Definition of burner for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BURNER Defined for Kids

burner

noun burn·er \ ˈbər-nər \

Definition of burner for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

burner

noun burn·er \ ˈbər-nər \

medical Definition of burner

: stinger 2


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