Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German brunno spring of water
Date: before 12th century
British creek 2
(burned or burnt; burning)
Etymology: Middle English birnen, from Old English byrnan, verbi., bærnan, verbt.; akin to Old High German brinnan to burn
Date: before 12th century
a. to consume fuel and give off heat, light, and gases <a small fire burns on the hearth> b. to undergo combustion; also to undergo nuclear fission or nuclear fusion c. to contain a fire <a little stove burning in the corner> d. to give off light ; shine, glow <a light burning in the window> 2. a. to be hot <the burning sand> b. to produce or undergo discomfort or pain <ears burning from the cold> c. to become emotionally excited or agitated: as (1) to yearn ardently <burning to tell the story> (2) to be or become very angry or disgusted <the remark made him burn> 3. a. to undergo alteration or destruction by the action of fire or heat <the house burned down> <the potatoes burned to a crisp> b. to die in the electric chair 4. to force or make a way by or as if by burning <her words burned into his heart> 5. to suffer sunburn <she burns easily> transitive verb 1. a. to cause to undergo combustion; especially to destroy by fire <burned the trash> b. to use as fuel <this furnace burns gas> c. to use up ; consume <burn calories> 2. a. to transform by exposure to heat or fire <burn clay to bricks> b. to produce by burning <burned a hole in his sleeve> c. to record digital data or music on (an optical disk) using a laser <burn a CD>; also to record (data or music) in this way <burn songs onto a disk> 3. a. to injure or damage by or as if by exposure to fire, heat, or radiation ; scorch <burned his hand> b. to execute by burning <burned heretics at the stake>; also electrocute 4. a. irritate, annoy — often used with up <really burns me up> b. to subject to misfortune, mistreatment, or deception — often used in passive <has been burned in love> c. to beat or score on <burned the defense with a touchdown pass> • burnable adjective III. noun Date: 1594 1. an act, process, instance, or result of burning: as a. injury or damage resulting from exposure to fire, heat, caustics, electricity, or certain radiations b. a burned area <a burn on the tabletop> c. an abrasion (as of the skin) having the appearance of a burn <rope burns> d. a burning sensation <the burn of iodine on a cut> 2. the firing of a rocket engine in flight 3. anger; especially increasing fury — used chiefly in the phrase slow burn
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.