burner

noun
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 Set 1 Hatch or poblano chile directly over a gas burner or a hot grill, or under a hot broiler, turning often, until chile skin blisters and blackens, about 5 minutes total. chicagotribune.com, 11 Oct. 2021 Homelessness has emerged as a front-burner issue in L.A. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2021 On a gas grill, light the outside or front and rear burners and do your indirect grilling over the unlit burner or burners in the center. Steven Raichlen New York Times, Star Tribune, 21 July 2021 On a gas grill, light the outside or front and rear burners and do your indirect grilling over the unlit burner or burners in the center. New York Times, 15 June 2021 Seeking a new franchise agreement has been a front-burner issue at City Hall for about 1 1/2 years — a time frame that included the final year of former Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s tenure and the first six months of the Gloria administration. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 June 2021 One front-burner issue for the U.S. research community is how the government will monitor and regulate foreign influence. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, 3 June 2021 No fat burner or appetite suppressant will magically whittle your waist. Norcal Marketing, Chron, 4 Feb. 2021 With Hilton and burner Ashton Dulin also out at wide receiver, the Colts promoted Daurice Fountain and DeMichael Harris off the practice squad on Saturday. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of burner

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Oct 2021

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“Burner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burner. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for burner

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
: a device that is used to record information or music on a CD or DVD

burner

noun
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

burner

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

Medical Definition of burner

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