burning

adjective
burn·​ing | \ ˈbər-niŋ How to pronounce burning (audio) \

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 \ ˈbər-​niŋ-​lē How to pronounce burningly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for burning

Synonyms

ablaze, afire, aflame, alight [chiefly British], blazing, combusting, conflagrant, fiery, flaming, ignited, inflamed (also enflamed), kindled, lit (or lighted)

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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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So, the Good Housekeeping Institute consulted bug experts to find out the answer to your most burning questions: What's the most effective bed bug treatment? Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "This Is the Most Effective Bed Bug Treatment, According to Experts," 8 Apr. 2019 One man used a garden house to douse a burning wing that landed on the street. Amy Taxin, The Seattle Times, "Neighbors: Plane ‘sounded like a missile’ as it broke apart," 5 Feb. 2019 And, of course, the most burning question of all: Who is the Gargoyle King? Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The "Riverdale" Mid-Season Finale Left Us Shook and With Multiple Questions," 13 Dec. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce burning (audio) \

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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