overburn

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

Definition of overburn

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

First Known Use of overburn

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Overburn.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overburn. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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