over·​burn ˌō-vər-ˈbərn How to pronounce overburn (audio)
overburned or overburnt ˌō-vər-ˈbərnt How to pronounce overburn (audio) ; overburning

transitive verb

: 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

Examples of overburn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Always keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, fans or air currents, and don’t overburn! Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overburn was in the 14th century

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“Overburn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overburn. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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