burner

noun
burn·​er | \ ˈbər-nər \
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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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 That new Democratic House advantage will come as contentious issues such as immigration, tax policy and probes into President Trump and his associates are all on the front-burner. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Republican Rick Scott Wins Senate Race in Florida," 18 Nov. 2018 But few of them are looking for fungi or other back-burner biology. NBC News, "Here's the scientific explanation for that 'alien spaceship' on Mars," 23 June 2018 Stratolaunch tests engine pre-burner at full power. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Firefly to the Moon, SpaceX makes a splash, H3 nets a customer," 7 Dec. 2018 The saga of 76ers president Bryan Colangelo and his burner Twitter accounts is a cautionary tale for all executives of professional sports teams. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Astros GM Jeff Luhnow never hides from his own tweets," 1 June 2018 When the turkey is done, remove it to a platter or cutting board, and set the pan across 2 burners. Kim Severson, The Seattle Times, "The rise and fall of turkey brining — and here’s one chef’s new recipe," 20 Nov. 2018 The Buccaneers did to the Saints what the Saints were supposed to do to the Buccaneers in a 48-40 barn-burner. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The NFL’s Week 1 Powerhouse: The Buccaneers?," 9 Sep. 2018 Place the empty roasting pan across two stove burners on medium-high. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Rosemary Roasted-Turkey Gravy," 24 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of burner

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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burner

noun

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

burner

noun
burn·​er | \ ˈbər-nər \

Kids Definition of burner

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

burner

noun
burn·​er | \ ˈbər-nər \

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