burning

adjective
burn·​ing | \ˈbər-niŋ \

Definition of burning 

1a : being on fire

b : ardent, intense burning enthusiasm

2a : affecting with or as if with heat a burning fever

b : resembling that produced by a burn a burning sensation on the tongue

3 : of fundamental importance : urgent one of the burning issues of our time

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Other Words from burning

burningly \-​niŋ-​lē \ adverb

Examples of burning in a Sentence

She stared at the burning embers for a long time. a burning hatred of corruption The medicine produced a burning sensation on my tongue. Symptoms include itchy, burning eyes.
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These officers look at this running into a burning home without waiting on firefighters. Fox News, "Media coverage of Mollie Tibbetts' murder," 23 Aug. 2018 The big transports fly along what appears to be northern California's Trinity River, through choking smoke, with patches of brightly burning flames visible on the ground. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch as a C-130 Flies Through Hell to Fight the Carr Wildfire," 9 Aug. 2018 All right, one sec, I’m also being told to tell you not to do any of that other stuff either, the scalding and burning stuff. Gary Gramling, SI.com, "David Johnson Is No. 2, Be Patient and Wait for Luck and Mahomes, the Non-Saquon Rookie You Want," 6 July 2018 Some of those women had symptoms such as lumps on their breasts, or reported pain or burning sensations, while another had a dark spot on her cervix, according to documents obtained by the Journal Sentinel through an open records request. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Women left waiting for cancer screenings after Milwaukee Health Department stopped providing services," 10 July 2018 Allergies can cause a burning feeling in your eyes through what’s known as allergic conjunctivitis. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Reasons Your Eyes Are Burning Like Mad," 23 May 2018 Dubai passed new fire safety rules last year requiring buildings with quick-burning side paneling to replace it with more fire-resistant cladding. Fox News, "Firefighters battle blaze at high-rise tower in Dubai Marina," 13 May 2018 Dubai passed new fire safety rules last year requiring buildings with quick-burning side paneling to replace it with more fire-resistant cladding. Malak Harb, The Seattle Times, "Firefighters extinguish blaze at high-rise in Dubai Marina," 13 May 2018 His predecessor told him that Pyongyang's march to tip a ballistic missile that could reach the US with a nuclear warhead would be the burning issue of his presidency. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump deserves credit for Korean thaw," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of burning

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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More Definitions for burning

burning

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of burning

: on fire : producing or having a flame

: very strong

: very hot

burning

adjective
burn·​ing | \ˈbər-niŋ \

Medical Definition of burning 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : affecting with or as if with heat a burning fever

2 : resembling that produced by a burn a burning sensation on the tongue

burning

noun

Medical Definition of burning (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sensation of being on fire or excessively heated gastric burning

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