To burn down
Burn Burn, v. i. 1. To be of fire; to flame. ``The mount burned with fire.'' --Deut. ix. 15. [1913 Webster]

2. To suffer from, or be scorched by, an excess of heat. [1913 Webster]

Your meat doth burn, quoth I. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To have a condition, quality, appearance, sensation, or emotion, as if on fire or excessively heated; to act or rage with destructive violence; to be in a state of lively emotion or strong desire; as, the face burns; to burn with fever. [1913 Webster]

Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way? --Luke xxiv. 32. [1913 Webster]

The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne, Burned on the water. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Burning with high hope. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

The groan still deepens, and the combat burns. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The parching air Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. (Chem.) To combine energetically, with evolution of heat; as, copper burns in chlorine. [1913 Webster]

5. In certain games, to approach near to a concealed object which is sought. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

{To burn up}, {To burn down}, to be entirely consumed. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To burn down — Burn Burn (b[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Burned} (b[^u]rnd) or {Burnt} (b[^u]rnt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Burning}.] [OE. bernen, brennen, v. t., early confused with beornen, birnen, v. i., AS. b[ae]rnan, bernan, v. t., birnan, v. i.; akin to OS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To burn — Burn Burn (b[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Burned} (b[^u]rnd) or {Burnt} (b[^u]rnt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Burning}.] [OE. bernen, brennen, v. t., early confused with beornen, birnen, v. i., AS. b[ae]rnan, bernan, v. t., birnan, v. i.; akin to OS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To burn a bowl — Burn Burn (b[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Burned} (b[^u]rnd) or {Burnt} (b[^u]rnt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Burning}.] [OE. bernen, brennen, v. t., early confused with beornen, birnen, v. i., AS. b[ae]rnan, bernan, v. t., birnan, v. i.; akin to OS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To burn daylight — Burn Burn (b[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Burned} (b[^u]rnd) or {Burnt} (b[^u]rnt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Burning}.] [OE. bernen, brennen, v. t., early confused with beornen, birnen, v. i., AS. b[ae]rnan, bernan, v. t., birnan, v. i.; akin to OS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To burn one's fingers — Burn Burn (b[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Burned} (b[^u]rnd) or {Burnt} (b[^u]rnt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Burning}.] [OE. bernen, brennen, v. t., early confused with beornen, birnen, v. i., AS. b[ae]rnan, bernan, v. t., birnan, v. i.; akin to OS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To burn out — Burn Burn (b[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Burned} (b[^u]rnd) or {Burnt} (b[^u]rnt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Burning}.] [OE. bernen, brennen, v. t., early confused with beornen, birnen, v. i., AS. b[ae]rnan, bernan, v. t., birnan, v. i.; akin to OS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To burn together — Burn Burn (b[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Burned} (b[^u]rnd) or {Burnt} (b[^u]rnt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Burning}.] [OE. bernen, brennen, v. t., early confused with beornen, birnen, v. i., AS. b[ae]rnan, bernan, v. t., birnan, v. i.; akin to OS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To burn up — Burn Burn (b[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Burned} (b[^u]rnd) or {Burnt} (b[^u]rnt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Burning}.] [OE. bernen, brennen, v. t., early confused with beornen, birnen, v. i., AS. b[ae]rnan, bernan, v. t., birnan, v. i.; akin to OS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To burn up — Burn Burn, v. i. 1. To be of fire; to flame. The mount burned with fire. Deut. ix. 15. [1913 Webster] 2. To suffer from, or be scorched by, an excess of heat. [1913 Webster] Your meat doth burn, quoth I. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To have a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • burn down — verb a) To cause (a structure) to burn to nothing. The police are hoping to find the people who burned down the cottage. b) To completely burn, so that nothing remains. A fire which started in the bedroom caused the cottage to burn down …   Wiktionary

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