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.

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In one photograph, an oven mitt, burner grate and hot comb are juxtaposed against a background of cotton candy pink. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Artists explore American identity in Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibit," 21 June 2018 The controls are also at the front, so no leaning over hot burners to adjust the temperature. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Ovens and Stoves," 11 Feb. 2019 Belichick’s recent trade for Cordarelle Patterson provided another burner who, although far inferior to Cooks as a receiver, can juice up gadget plays and run clear-outs in addition to enhancing the return game. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Pats-Rams trade has a lot to offer in NFL's Trades R Us offseason," 4 Apr. 2018 An 11th-century bowl, adorned with gold paint and covered with a shimmering glaze, shows a Coptic priest swinging an incense burner. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Landmark Exhibition Takes You Inside the Exuberant, Diverse World of the Fatimid Dynasty," 21 Mar. 2018 Auburn barely survived a 62-58 barn-burner against the Cougars, who were right there but couldn't hit free-throws and didn't get a crucial foul call on a potential game-tying three-point attempt in the last seven seconds. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "March Madness: 10 key takeaways from the NCAA tournament's first-round action Friday," 17 Mar. 2018 Kirk is an absolute burner who is going to make more than a few highlight plays deep down the field this season. Michael Beller, SI.com, "NFL Draft 2018: Fantasy Football Impact Rookies to Watch," 30 Apr. 2018 The entrees, kept warm in cast-iron pots on induction burners, might include hulking meatballs with the pillowy loft of Shanghainese lion’s heads, gaining sweetness and crunch from water chestnuts mixed into the ground beef. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "A Menu That Defies Tidy Categorization at Ok Lah!," 1 Mar. 2018 The price of these grills rises as the size of the cooking surface, Btu output, and extra features, like side burners, increases. John Loecke, ELLE Decor, "Shopping Guide: Outdoor Grills," 3 Apr. 2010

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First Known Use of burner

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


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

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