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Burn appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Burn a cigarette rag I can rub.
  • Turnip unrubbed, Deb: burn up in rut.
  • Tense, I burn a moron no Roman rubies net.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun burn:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb burn:


The word burn is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun burn

What does burn mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: burns

  1. pain that feels hot as if it were on fire
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of burn: burning
    • more generic words: hurting / pain = a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder
  2. a browning of the skin resulting from exposure to the rays of the sun
  3. an injury caused by exposure to heat or chemicals or radiation
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: harm / hurt / injury / trauma = any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
    • more specific terms:
  4. a place or area that has been burned (especially on a person's body)
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of burn: burn mark
    • more generic words: blemish / defect / mar = a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something
    • more specific term: cigarette burn = a burn mark left by a smoldering cigarette
  5. damage inflicted by fire
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: damage / harm / hurt / scathe = the act of damaging something or someone
    • more specific word: scald = the act of burning with steam or hot water

Alternative definition of the noun burn


  1. A physical injury caused by heat or cold or electricity or radiation or caustic chemicals.
  2. The act of burning something.
  3. Physical sensation in the muscles following strenuous exercise, caused by build-up of lactic acid.
  4. [slang] An intense non-physical sting, as left by an effective insult.
  5. [UK, chiefly prison slang] tobacco
  6. [Scotland, northern England] A stream.

Specialised definition of the noun burn

Glossary of sports / golf

scottish for a creek or stream

Definition of the verb burn

What does burn mean as a doing word?

Burn is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections:

 simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
primarily used in British Englishburnedburntburningburns

  1. destroy by fire
  2. shine intensely, as if with heat
  3. undergo combustion
  4. cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort
  5. cause to burn or combust
  6. feel strong emotion, especially anger or passion
    • examples: She was burning with anger | He was burning to try out his new skies
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • more generic words: experience / feel = undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
  7. cause to undergo combustion
    • examples: burn garbage | The car burns only Diesel oil
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of burn: incinerate
    • more generic term: change integrity = change in physical make-up
  8. execute by tying to a stake and setting alight
    • example: Witches were burned in Salem
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic terms: execute / put to death = kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment
    • entailment: burn down / fire = destroy by fire
  9. spend (significant amounts of money)
    • example: He has money to burn
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic words: blow / squander / waste = spend thoughtlessly
  10. feel hot or painful
    • example: My eyes are burning
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Patient - body part] [Verb]My eyes are itching | My heart is pounding
      [Patient - body part] [Verb] from / at [Cause]My heart is pounding from fear

      Verbs Involving the Body (with the same syntax): ache, hum, pound, prickle, pucker, reel, smart, spin, split, sting, swim, throb, tickle, tingle.

    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic words: ache / hurt / smart = be the source of pain
  11. burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent
  12. get a sunburn by overexposure to the sun
  13. create by duplicating data
    • example: burn a CD
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonym of burn: cut
    • more generic words: create / make / produce = create or manufacture a man-made product
  14. use up (energy)
  15. damage by burning with heat, fire, or radiation
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: damage = inflict damage upon
    • more specific words:
      • scald = burn with a hot liquid or steam
      • cauterise / cauterize = burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent
      • blacken / scorch / char / sear = burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color

Alternative definition of the verb burn


  1. [intransitive] To be consumed by fire, or at least in flames.
  2. [intransitive] To become overheated so as to make unusable.
  3. [intransitive] To feel hot, e.g. due to embarrassment.
  4. [intransitive] To sunburn.
  5. [intransitive, curling] To accidentally touch a moving stone.
  6. [transitive, ergative] To cause to be consumed by fire.
  7. [transitive, ergative] To overheat so as to make unusable.
  8. [transitive] To injure (a person or animal) with heat or caustic chemicals.
  9. [transitive, slang] To betray.
  10. [transitive, computing] To write data to a permanent storage medium like a compact disc or a ROM chip.
  11. [transitive] To waste (time).
  12. [transitive, slang] To insult or defeat.
  13. [transitive, cards] In pontoon, to swap a pair of cards for another pair. Also to deal a dead card.


  1. "Burn" a.k.a. "Burn!" is a 1969 film directed by Gillo Pontecorvo; starring Marlon Brando.
  2. "BURN" is a 2012 documentary film directed by Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez.
  3. "Burn" is a 2002 short film directed by Patrick Jolley and Reynold Reynolds.
  4. "Burn" is a 1998 film directed by Scott Storm.
  5. "Burn" is a 2008 adult drama video written by Raven Touchstone and directed by Paul Thomas.
    • starring: Jenna Jameson as Erica Davis
    • released on (6 years ago)
  6. "Burn" is a film.
    • genre: Drama
    • released in (7 years ago)
  7. "Burn" is a film.


  1. "Burn" is a book written by Maya Banks.
  2. "Burn" is a science fiction novella published in 2005 by James Patrick Kelly. It won the 2007 Nebula Award for Best Novella.


"Burn" is a first-person shooter computer game released in 2007 developed by Destan Entertainment and produced by Teyon.

  • mode: Single-player video game
  • developer: Destan Entertainment
  • genres: Action game, First-person Shooter, Shooter game
  • publishers: 1C Company, TopWare Interactive
  • released on (7 years ago)
  • official website:


  1. "Burn" is a song by English recording artist Ellie Goulding from Halcyon Days, the reissue of her second studio album, Halcyon. The song was written by Ryan Tedder, Goulding, Greg Kurstin, Noel Zancanella and Brent Kutzle, while production was handled by Kurstin and vocal production was done by Tedder. It was released on 5 July 2013 as the lead single from the reissue. The song was originally recorded by singer Leona Lewis for her third studio album, Glassheart, but it was ultimately scrapped.
  2. "Burn" is the eighth studio album by Deep Purple, released in February 1974. This was the first Deep Purple album to feature David Coverdale on vocals and Glenn Hughes on bass.
  3. "Burn" is a song by British rock band Deep Purple. It was released on the album of the same name in 1974, and was the first song by the Mark III lineup.The song remained the band's concert opener for the next two years, taking over from "Highway Star". It opened Deep Purple's set on the California Jam two months after its release, on 6 April 1974.
  4. "Burn" is a song by American R&B singer Usher, which he wrote with American songwriters Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox. The song was produced by Dupri and Cox for Usher's fourth studio album, Confessions. "Burn" is about breakup in a relationship, and the public referred to it as an allusion to Usher's personal struggles. Originally planned as the album's lead single, "Burn" was pushed back after favorable responses for the song "Yeah!". "Burn" was released as the second single from the album on July 6, 2004.
    • music by Usher, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox
    • some of the awards:
        • Billboard Music Award for Top Hot 100 Song nomination for Usher
        • Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Song nomination for Usher
        • Billboard Music Award for R&B Singles Airplay Track of the Year nomination for Usher
        • Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Airplay Single nomination for Usher
        • Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Song nomination for Usher
        • Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Song, received by Usher
  5. "Burn" is a promotional single by industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails released from the Natural Born Killers soundtrack. Because this is a promo-only single, it has never been featured with its own official halo. It was included as a bonus track on the tenth anniversary Deluxe Edition of The Downward Spiral, and also has its own video.
  6. "Burn" is the first single from Mobb Deep's fifth album Infamy. The song features Big Noyd and Vita. On the album, the track is listed as "The Learning".
  7. "Burn" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Meek Mill, released on September 11, 2012 as the second single from his debut studio album Dreams and Nightmares. The song features fellow rapper Big Sean and is produced by Jahlil Beats.
  8. "Burn" is the third studio album by American country music artist Jo Dee Messina, released in August 2000 by Curb Records.
    • genre: Country
    • released on (15 years ago)
  9. "Burn" is the first full-length album recorded by the thrash metal band, Havok. It was released in 2009 on Candlelight Records.
  10. "Burn" is a song written by Tina Arena, Pam Reswick and Steve Werfel for Arena's third album In Deep. The song was extremely successful in her native Australia reaching #2 on the ARIA Singles Chart and it was certified gold. Arena also recorded the song in Spanish, and the Italian version "Ti Voglio Qui" and was released as a single in several countries in Europe and Australia.
  11. "Burn": "Burn: Fumetsu no Face" is the forty-fifth single by B'z, released on April 16, 2008. The song was used in a commercial for the Kose Esprique Precious company. This is one of the many number-one singles by B'z at Oricon charts., but the first single since Lady-Go-Round not to sell over 200,000 copies.
  12. "Burn" is a song by Australian recording artist Jessica Mauboy. It was written by Taj Jackson, Jonas Jeberg and Mich Hansen, and was produced by Jeberg and Cutfather. "Burn" was released digitally on 17 November 2008, as the second single from Mauboy's debut studio album, Been Waiting. Musically, "Burn" is an R&B-dance track that incorporates electronica influences. The song became Mauboy's first number-one on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association for selling over 70,000 copies. "Burn" also became Mauboy's first charting single internationally, reaching number 92 on the Japan Hot 100.
  13. "Burn" is a 2013 single album by Ellie Goulding.
    • also known as Burn (Remixes), Burn: Remixes
    • released on
    • award: - Brit Award for British Single nomination for Ellie Goulding
  14. "Burn" is an EP by American heavy metal band Fear Factory, released in 1997 by Roadrunner Records. The title track, "Burn" is a remix of "Flashpoint", which appears on the Remanufacture album. Burn has sold over 5,000 copies.
  15. "Burn" is the title of English metal band Peach's fourth release, released in 1993. It is now extremely rare.
  16. "Burn" is a debut album from Sons Of Kemet released on 9 September 2013. This album, and their running series of critically acclaimed performances lead to them winning the 'Best Jazz Act' in the 2013 MOBO Awards.
  17. "Burn" is a 2006 single by Alkaline Trio.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  18. "Burn": Burn is the self-titled, debut release of the American hardcore band Burn, released in 1990 on Revelation Records.
  19. "Burn" is the second EP released by the American anarcho street punk band Defiance, released on Consensus Reality Records in 1995.
  20. "Burn" is the ninth album by singer Melba Moore, released in 1979.
    • released on (35 years ago)


Who is Burn?

Burn a.k.a. Jason Kenny: Jason Francis Kenny, OBE is an English track cyclist, specialising in the individual and team sprints. After winning multiple World and European Junior titles in 2006 and achieving medals in the under 23 European championships in 2007, Kenny was selected ahead of Ross Edgar to compete for Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Along with Chris Hoy and Jamie Staff, he won a gold medal in the team sprint, breaking the world record in the qualifying round. He finished behind team-mate Chris Hoy in the final of the individual sprint, gaining a silver medal.


  1. Burn are a heavy rock band from Loughborough, England.
    • albums: "So Far, So Bad", "Spark To A Flame", "Global Warning"
  2. Burn is a New York hardcore band which began in 1988 playing what could be considered progressive hardcore music with introspective lyrics.

There are other groups with in their name, like Slo Burn, Burn Halo, Cell:burn, Burn for Me, Burn Proper, Burn Season, Burn Victim, Hand's Burn, Hand’s Burn, Let It Burn, Burn It Down, Sinners Burn, Time to Burn, Burn Out Mama, Karma to Burn, Watch Me Burn, As Cities Burn, burn rome burn, Burn Your Halo and Crash Car Burn.


Burn is a village and civil parish in the Selby district North Yorkshire, England. It is situated some three miles south of Selby.


Burn is an energy drink owned and distributed by The Coca-Cola Company, carrying the official tagline “Fuel your fire”. burn is distributed in more than 80 countries including France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Turkey, Russia, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Afghanistan and Mexico.


  1. Burn è un'applicazione libera per la masterizzazione di CD/DVD per il sistema operativo Mac OS X. Il programma consente di creare dischi dati, audio e video ed è inoltre possibile la copia di dischi dati. Attualmente non è supportata la copia di dischi audio dato che non hanno un file system.
  2. Burn: A burn is a watercourse.
  3. Burn is the debut single by Spanish singer Ruth Lorenzo. The song is a cover originally sung by London-based singer Caiyo from his 2009 album Circles and Squares. It was released on 27 June 2011 as a digital download in Spain. The song entered the Spanish Singles Chart at number 16.
  4. Burn is the follow-up single of the Irish boy/girl band Industry to the debut chart topping single "My Baby's Waiting" in the Irish Singles Chart. "Burn" went straight to number one in the Irish chart of 27 August 2009, staying at the top for one week, thus cutting the long streak at the top position of The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" that had stayed at the top of the Irish chart for six weeks. "I Gotta Feeling regained the top of the chart after one week by Industry.

Phrases with Burn

Phrases starting with the word Burn:

  1. burn up
  2. burn bag
  3. burn off
  4. burn out
  5. Burn Book
  6. burn down
  7. burn mark
  8. Burn Nose
  9. Burn-Beat
  10. burn plant
  11. burn center
  12. Burn notice
  13. Burn Rubber
  14. Burn-Baited

Phrases ending with the word Burn:

  1. to burn
  2. Dad Burn
  3. Road Burn
  4. rope burn
  5. Slow Burn

Other phrase containing the word Burn:

  1. to burn up

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Burn

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Google previewUnderstanding the Essentials of Critical Care Nursing (2016)

by CTI Reviews

A burn is a type of injury to flesh or skin caused by heat, electricity, chemicals, light, radiation or friction. Most burns affect only the skin (epidermal tissue). Rarely, deeper tissues, such as muscle, bone, and blood vessels can also be injured.

Google previewEmergencies in Eyecare (1999)

by Leslie Hargis-Greenshields, Linda Sims

A second-degree burn is a little deeper, involving both the epidermis and a portion of the dermis (the layer of skin...

A third-degree burn is the most severe, involving all skin layers and destroying the nerves and vascular system of the skin.

Google previewScottish White Water (2004)

The Sca Guidebook

3 Tuiteam Burn Grade 5(5+) Length 2km OS sheet 1 6 Contributors: Alastair Collis and Mark Sherril Introduction The Tuiteam Burn is a tiny tributary of the Oykel and is below the usual take-out for this larger river. The barren hillside ...

Google previewSkin and Wound Resource Manual (2006)

A superficial burn is the least severe. It reddens the skin and can be painful but is not a threat to life.

The presence of sensation to touch usually indicates the burn is a deep partial injury. Full Thickness & subdermal burns – (Third Degree) ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery (2009)

by Carol Ann Rinzler

A radiation burn is an injury caused by overexposure to radiation. Any substance, such as plastic...

Performing a skin transplant to replace skin destroyed by the burn is a complex procedure at the top of the ladder. Similarly, cleaning a wound ...

Google previewThe history and antiquities of the county palatine of Durham (1857)

comprising a condensed account of its natural, civil, and ecclesiastical history, from the earliest period to the present time; its boundaries, ancient, parishes, and recently formed parochial districts and chapelries, and parliamentary and municipal divisions; its agriculture, mineral products, manufactures, shipping, docks, railways, and general commerce; its public buildings, churches, chapels, parochial registers, landed gentry, heraldic visitations, local biography, schools, charities, sanitary reports, population, &c by William Fordyce

Stot Field Burn is a hamlet on the road leading from Stanhope to Allenheads. THE CHURCH. This is a spacious village church, erected about 30 years ago. It is not built due east and west, but stands north-west and south-east. The edifice ...

Google previewHow to Cheat in After Effects (2013)

by Chad Perkins

burn is a very natural one when we have this much color depth. As we go throughout this chapter, we're going to be sticking to 8 bit mode, but keep in mind what you could do if you took the same cheats into 32 bpc mode! Once you click OK, ...

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Quotes about Burn

Monday burn Millay, Wednesday Whitman, Friday Faulkner, burn ‘em to ashes, then burn the ashes. That’s our official slogan. (Ray Bradbury)
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Scrabble value of B3U1R1N1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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