burning

adjective burn·ing \ ˈbər-niŋ \

Definition of burning

1 a : being on fire
b : ardent, intense
  • burning enthusiasm
2 a : 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

burningly

play \-niŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of burning in a Sentence

  1. She stared at the burning embers for a long time.

  2. a burning hatred of corruption

  3. The medicine produced a burning sensation on my tongue.

  4. Symptoms include itchy, burning eyes.

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First Known Use of burning

before 12th century



BURNING Defined for English Language Learners

burning

adjective

Definition of burning for English Language Learners

  • : on fire : producing or having a flame

  • : very strong

  • : very hot


Medical Dictionary

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burning

adjective burn·ing \ ˈbər-niŋ \

medical Definition of burning

1 : affecting with or as if with heat
  • a burning fever
2 : resembling that produced by a burn
  • a burning sensation on the tongue

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burning

noun

medical Definition of burning

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


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