burner

noun

burn·​er ˈbər-nər How to pronounce burner (audio)
plural burners
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
… 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

see also burner account

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 The Ceiba occupies a central position in various Mesoamerican mythologies, while the imposing tree’s thorns turn up as ritual decoration on ancient Maya incense burners and burial urns. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2024 The Movavi Video Suite adds a format converter, disc burner, and a screen recording app for $104.95 per year. PCMAG, 16 May 2024 Two shifts of men worked day and night with the aid of 100 Prest-O-Lite tanks with special burners that lit the night sky. Dawn Mitchell, The Indianapolis Star, 21 May 2024 Described as a long-striding, straight-line burner, the 6-foot-1, 193-pound receiver ran the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds at the NFL scouting combine. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 27 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for burner 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of burner was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Burner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burner. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

burner

noun
burn·​er ˈbər-nər How to pronounce burner (audio)
: one that burns: as
a
: the part of a fuel-burning or heat-producing device (as a furnace or stove) where a flame or heat is produced
b
: a device for recording data on an optical disk

Medical Definition

burner

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

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