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 gas runs through a hose that goes to a pipe that has slots cut into it, just like a burner on a stove. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Secrets of Summer 2018's Greatest Movie Stunts and Effects," 20 June 2018 Within the structure, archaeologists also discovered shards of ceramic and an incense burner. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Earthquake Reveals 12th-Century Temple Hidden Within Aztec Pyramid," 12 July 2018 An incense burner and ceramic shards were also located among the remains. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Mexico earthquake uncovers ancient temple hidden in damaged pyramid," 12 July 2018 Also, look for grills with innards are also made with stainless steel — especially the grates and burners — instead of cheaper, less durable materials like cast iron or sheet steel. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "S.A.’s money’s no object, high-end outdoor kitchens," 2 July 2018 Here’s how an NBA executive lost control of a potential dynasty thanks to burner Twitter accounts. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "How Twitter led to Bryan Colangelo's downfall as Sixers GM. A timeline," 7 June 2018 And the story of an NBA general manager allegedly using multiple burner Twitter accounts to rip his own players. Larry Holder, NOLA.com, "Wednesday's 'Dunc & Holder:' LSU baseball and recruiting, Saints OTA chatter," 30 May 2018 Some campers developed specializations, like the tent that baked cakes over an open burner. Longreads, "“We All Had the Same Acid Flashback at the Same Time”: The New American Cuisine," 29 Mar. 2018 The woman was cooking on the stove before bed and accidentally left a burner on, catching nearby paper towels on fire and spreading to the rest of the kitchen, Metro Video reported. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "SW Houston apartment unit damaged in fire," 12 July 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of burner

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


burn·​er | \ˈbər-nər \

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