overburn

verb over·burn \ ˌō-vər-ˈbərn \

Definition of overburn

overburned or overburnt play \ˌō-vər-ˈbərnt\; overburning
: to burn (something, such as clay) too long or at a higher than normal temperature
  • Some of the bricks were excessively dark, he explained, a sign that they had been overburned in the kiln.
  • —Samuel C. Florman
  • … this type of glaze will craze when overburned sufficiently …
  • —H. H. Sortwell

First Known Use of overburn

14th century

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up overburn? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!