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

For a gas grill, turn all burners to high and heat, covered, for 15 minutes. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Banh Mi and pork skewers on your backyard grill," 13 Aug. 2019 The kitchen has new 2-inch quartz countertops, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, two beverage drawers, double Miele ovens, a built-in espresso-maker and microwave, two dishwashers, and a five-burner Viking cooktop. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Former Gold Coast mansion of Kenny Williams and Zoraida Sambolin back on market," 6 July 2017 The image tweeted by the president was also labeled, pointing out what had allegedly been damaged: the Safir mobile-erector-launcher, two support vehicles, a propellant burner trailer, and a service tower. CBS News, "Trump sparks confusion with tweet of apparent Iranian launch site," 30 Aug. 2019 Running back Myles Gaskin, Washington's all-time leading rusher, is in the NFL, but junior tailback Salvon Ahmed—a 196-pound burner whose acceleration and burst rivals Gaskin's—has averaged 6.0 yards per carry in his Huskies career. The Si Staff, SI.com, "2019 Preview: Jacob Eason and Retooled Washington Could Surprise," 15 Aug. 2019 The new track from Bristol house producer Eli Brown is an absolute burner of a gospel house anthem out today via Big Beat Records. Katie Bain, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Yotto, ATLiens, Jubilee & More," 26 July 2019 Put bell peppers directly over a gas burner (or 6 inches from the broiler element) and roast, turning often, until the skin blisters and blackens on all sides, about 10 minutes. Jeanmarie Brownson, Twin Cities, "Homemade harissa sauce sparks ordinary grilled chicken," 11 July 2019 Fire investigators determined the blaze broke out on the stovetop with a burner left on. Houston Chronicle, "Woman sought in toddler cousin's death surrenders," 9 July 2019 Evidence just doesn’t get any clearer than CBN biomarkers in a charred burner. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Oldest evidence of cannabis smoking found in ancient Chinese cemetery," 12 June 2019

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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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