burn out

burn out
burn out urn out v. i. 1. To burn till the fuel is exhausted; as, when the candle burned out the room was totally dark; the firefighters couldn't control the oil tank fire and had to let it burn out by itself. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. To stop functioning due to failure of some component caused by the heat of the electrical current used in its operation; -- of electrical devices. [PJC]

3. To become apathetic or depressed, and cease to function effectively, due to the fatigue and frustration of prolonged stress and overwork; -- of people; as, the stress in the bond market is so great that many traders burn out after only ten years on the job. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Burn-out — auch: Burn|out 〈[bœ:naʊt] n.; Gen.: od. s; Pl.: unz.〉 1. Brennschluss bei Raketen 2. durch unzureichende Kühlung bewirktes Durchschmelzen der Hüllrohre von Brennelementen in Kernreaktoren [Etym.: <engl. burn »brennen« + out »aus«] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • burn out — (someone) to stop being effective because of too much work or stress. Most of these people will burn out within 10 years and be replaced by younger employees who don t mind working nights, weekends, and holidays. This work burns me out so much… …   New idioms dictionary

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  • burn|out — «BURN OWT», noun. 1. a failure due to burning or extreme heat. 2. Aerospace. a) the extinguishing of the flame in a rocket engine because fuel is exhausted or shut off according to plan. b) the time at which this event occurs. c) the point in the …   Useful english dictionary

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  • burn out — phrasal verb Word forms burn out : present tense I/you/we/they burn out he/she/it burns out present participle burning out past tense burned out or burnt out past participle burned out or burnt out 1) [intransitive/transitive] if a fire burns out …   English dictionary

  • burn out — UK US burn out Phrasal Verb with burn({{}}/bɜːn/ verb (past tense burned, past tense UK also burnt) ► if something such as a machine burns out, it stops working because of damage from heat: »It looks like the starter motor on the car has burned… …   Financial and business terms

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