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.

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Beautiful and functional, the kitchen features stainless appliances including a GE Monogram six-burner cooktop with Zephyr hood, and KitchenAid dishwasher, built-in microwave and oven, refrigerator, and wine refrigerator. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Bask in the comfort of this Mediterranean-style home’s serene aura and beautiful architectural details in Los Gatos," 5 June 2019 The language debate is back on the burner in India. Harish C Menon, Quartz India, "“Autonomous”: Is AR Rahman hinting at what Tamils want in India?," 4 June 2019 One end is the cooking area — a six-burner gas range inside a cove, rustic cabinets and a large, white island with a lot of storage. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Lake Huron home, built by Carhartt granddaughter, rustic and elegant," 5 May 2018 Turn the burner to the lowest possible setting and cook, whisking occasionally, for 20 minutes, or until the veloute doesn’t taste floury. Barbara Mahany, chicagotribune.com, "Retro cookbooks offer comforts from another era for these uncertain times," 29 June 2018 Jagger-bopping in a white tuxedo jacket and dangling his microphone carelessly from its cord, like a Catholic priest swinging an incense burner. Drew Lazor, Philly.com, "Review: Harry Styles adds edge without sacrificing boy band appeal at the Wells Fargo Center," 16 June 2018 The coils would come up on the line red hot like an oven burner. Jeff Darcy, cleveland.com, "Trump tweet-terminating Tillerson looks weak: Darcy cartoon," 14 Mar. 2018 Finally, light the grill to make sure that none of the burner holes are clogged and all the gas lines and tubes are well connected and in good condition. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "All the BBQ Cleaning Tips You Need to Get Your Grill Ready for Summer," 5 Apr. 2019 Electric burners or grills are often placed nearby, although hotels sometimes prepare the food at an on-site restaurant and bring it out. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "We’d Like to Eat in the Middle of the Ocean Tonight," 29 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of burner

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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
computers : 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) \

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