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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Two burners sit beneath a removable, nonstick grill grate and drip tray for easy use and cleaning. The Editors, Outside Online, "Seven Steals at Huckberry’s Summer Sale," 12 July 2018 The kitchen includes expansive windows, 11-foot ceilings, and an oversized island with a breakfast bar and a five-burner cooktop that is a part of the Bosch stainless-steel appliance package. Lisa Zapalac, Houston Chronicle, "Ashlar Commons offers rooftop terraces, luxury appointments, location," 1 July 2018 Image The new kitchen has two stoves and 10 burners. New York Times, "A Brooklyn Favorite for Jamaican Food Beats the Odds," 26 June 2018 Other Mexican specialties currently waiting on 3 Hermanas' back-burner include birria (goat stew from the state of Jalisco) and barbacoa made from cow's head or tongue. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "She helped run two Mexican restaurants. Now this Tres Hermanas sister has her own," 26 June 2018 Prepare grill for low heat, 225 to 250 degrees, arranging coals or leaving burners off to create an area for indirect heat. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 meats to master on the grill: We went back to school to learn the best techniques," 29 May 2018 Each team has an hour to prepare a meal using two butane burners. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Normandy High School Culinary Arts team headed to finals after winning Ohio ProStart Invitational in Columbus," 5 Mar. 2018 Place the empty roasting pan across two stove burners on medium-high heat. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Roasted Turkey Gravy," 2 Oct. 2013 Governments, especially in the country’s northern regions, have forced millions of homes and factories to replace coal boilers with gas burners. Dan Murtaugh, Bloomberg.com, "China Takes Gas Crown as Clean-Air Push Powers It Past Japan," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of burner

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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on the back burner

on the front burner

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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 \

Kids Definition of burner

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


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