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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Even those of the opinion there wasn't a burning need for a redo -- reimagined or otherwise -- should conclude there's a place for this one too. Brian Lowry, CNN, 3 Dec. 2021 In a separate vein, Thomas has responded passionately to America's history of lynching and cross-burning. Joan Biskupic, CNN, 24 Oct. 2021 The disparities in living standards, education, and access to land between Israeli Jews and the Palestinian citizens of Israel, who account for some 20 percent of the population, have become a burning issue. New York Times, 11 June 2021 Aumack and several environmental representatives who have supported the proposal for more burning think time is running out before uncontrolled wildfire reshapes the landscape and the debate. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 15 Oct. 2021 For 2022, Florida Democrats’ most burning desire is figuring out a way to defeat DeSantis and derail his 2024 presidential ambitions. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, 14 Sep. 2021 After the finale aired two weeks ago, Herron provided answers to a few of our most burning questions. Chris Smith, BGR, 28 July 2021 Red-lag warnings in southern Oregon cover the area where the Bootleg Fire is located, currently the largest burning wildfire in the country, searing over 413,000 acres. CNN, 29 July 2021 According to the report, however, Parrish said the black one moved toward him slowly and used its arm to touch him on his left side and back, causing a painful feeling that was both cold and burning. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, 22 June 2021

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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 Dec 2021

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“Burning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burning. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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