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

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 While remaining tight-lipped about how the whole thing will play out and what Raymund’s appearance could mean for the future, Haas agreed to answer four of our most burning questions — albeit cryptically. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Surprise! Chicago Fire alum Monica Raymund returning for winter finale," 30 Oct. 2019 The entire ecosystem of the burning sections of rainforest will be altered. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "What the Amazon fires mean for wild animals," 23 Aug. 2019 But Hien is just one of thousands of believers who are conducting their own burning ceremonies across Hanoi’s Old Quarter. 1843, "Vietnam’s ghosts are hungry for iPhones," 22 Aug. 2019 Thankfully, the series peppers the answers to our most burning questions — what happened at homecoming? Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "The Timeline You Need To Understand 13 Reasons Why Season 3," 24 Aug. 2019 The company was fined $14,000 for violations related to the burning deaths of Charles Kovar and Kenny Morris. Christopher Leonard, ProPublica, "Rising Profits, Rising Injuries: The Safety Crisis at Koch Industries’ Georgia-Pacific," 8 Aug. 2019 The company was fined $14,000 for violations related to the burning deaths of Charles Kovar and Kenny Morris. Fortune, "Rising Profits, Rising Injuries: Koch Industries Faces a Safety Crisis at Georgia-Pacific," 8 Aug. 2019 The most burning issues of today are corruption and poverty. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why frustrated Ukrainians may elect a comedian as president," 19 Apr. 2019 Check out their juiciest quotes below, broken down by the most burning questions raised. David Canfield, EW.com, "The Handmaid's Tale cast on how season 3 premiere marks totally 'new territory'," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of burning

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

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18 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Burning.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burning. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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More Definitions for burning

burning

adjective
How to pronounce burning (audio)

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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