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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Myers also reported that at Deveny’s direction, MSG and his mother were told not to use credit cards and to use burner phones to avoid police detection. oregonlive, "Terry Bean’s lawyer, alleged victim’s lawyer colluded for months to get accuser to stay silent, new documents allege," 30 Aug. 2019 There was also no cell phone service for outside providers, so the company had to purchase a burner phone to communicate with other people on the island. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Denver-based firm goes to work in the middle of the Indian Ocean," 2 Aug. 2019 Businesspeople have taken new steps to reduce their profiles when traveling in China, including using burner phones and wiping laptops that may contain sensitive information, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. New York Times, "A Koch Executive’s Harassment in China Adds to Fears Among Visitors," 11 July 2019 Even so, some hid out in remote areas or bought burner phones to avoid being found. Ian Lovett, WSJ, "Oregon Republicans Agree to Come Out of Hiding," 28 June 2019 For a gas grill, turn all burners to high and heat, covered, for 15 minutes. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Banh Mi and pork skewers on your backyard grill," 13 Aug. 2019 The kitchen has new 2-inch quartz countertops, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, two beverage drawers, double Miele ovens, a built-in espresso-maker and microwave, two dishwashers, and a five-burner Viking cooktop. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Former Gold Coast mansion of Kenny Williams and Zoraida Sambolin back on market," 6 July 2017 The image tweeted by the president was also labeled, pointing out what had allegedly been damaged: the Safir mobile-erector-launcher, two support vehicles, a propellant burner trailer, and a service tower. CBS News, "Trump sparks confusion with tweet of apparent Iranian launch site," 30 Aug. 2019 Running back Myles Gaskin, Washington's all-time leading rusher, is in the NFL, but junior tailback Salvon Ahmed—a 196-pound burner whose acceleration and burst rivals Gaskin's—has averaged 6.0 yards per carry in his Huskies career. The Si Staff, SI.com, "2019 Preview: Jacob Eason and Retooled Washington Could Surprise," 15 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce burner (audio) \

Kids Definition of burner

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


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

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