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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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 Illustration: Crystal Tai China’s path to technological supremacy has put companies such as Huawei in the Trump administration’s crosshairs, but China has even more burning issues in the long run. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Will China’s Tech Titans Be Heavyweights or Overweights?," 5 June 2019 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

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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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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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