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 burning (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Whether your frying hundreds of pounds of fish at a church during Lent or french fries at a bar, it can all be transformed into biodiesel, a renewable, clean-burning alternative that can be used in diesel engines. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Frying a turkey for Thanksgiving? This Louisville man wants to turn your used oil into fuel," 20 Nov. 2020 If one were to take the stubble burning cause as an example, Rampal believes that incentivising good behaviour can be a behavioural economics tool to counter this problem. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Delhi’s air pollution could have a fix in behavioural economics," 29 Oct. 2020 The agricultural sector has been a rare bright spot in an Indian economy that has been shattered by the pandemic, and pollution experts fear that more farming will mean more burning. New York Times, "What Happens When Covid-19 Meets Toxic Air? India Is About to Find Out," 15 Oct. 2020 Symptoms usually affect both eyes and may include a stinging, burning or gritty sensation in your eyes, doctors say. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Blink now: Increased screen time during the pandemic sends more people to the eye doctor," 5 Oct. 2020 Cremation is a popular alternative to burial, especially in places that have high demand for limited cemetery space, and the Mayo Clinic developed a landmark non-burning cremation method that consumes less energy. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This 'Living' Mushroom Coffin Will Help Your Body Decompose Faster," 21 Sep. 2020 This propane version is clean-burning and easy to use. Matt Jancer, Wired, "5 Fall Camping Deals for Your Cooler Outdoor Treks," 17 Sep. 2020 A month of such burning releases as much carbon dioxide as a small country—Portugal, or Sweden—does in a year. Bathsheba Demuth, The Atlantic, "Siberia’s Malady Is the Same as Mine," 28 Aug. 2020 Already, though, with at least 129 homes destroyed by the CZU Lightning Complex as of Sunday morning and more burning throughout the day, things won’t be the same for area residents. Sam Whiting, SFChronicle.com, "Firefighters battling Bay Area blazes brace for new lightning round as LNU, SCU fires grow to historic proportions," 23 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of burning

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

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The first known use of burning was before the 12th century

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“Burning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burning. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce burning (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of burning

: on fire : producing or having a flame
: very strong
: very hot


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



Medical Definition of burning (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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