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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (6)

1. the act of burning something;
- Example: "the burning of leaves was prohibited by a town ordinance"
[syn: burning, combustion]

2. pain that feels hot as if it were on fire;
[syn: burn, burning]

3. a process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give heat and light;
[syn: combustion, burning]

4. execution by electricity;
[syn: electrocution, burning]

5. execution by fire;
[syn: burning, burning at the stake]

6. a form of torture in which cigarettes or cigars or other hot implements are used to burn the victim's skin;


ADJECTIVE (1)

1. of immediate import;
- Example: "burning issues of the day"

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6 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. brinnan, OFries. barna, berna, OHG. brinnan, brennan, G. brennen, OD. bernen, D. branden, Dan. br[ae]nde, Sw. br[aum]nna, brinna, Icel. brenna, Goth. brinnan, brannjan (in comp.), and possibly to E. fervent.] 1. To consume with fire; to reduce to ashes by the action of heat or fire; -- frequently intensified by up: as, to burn up wood. "We'll burn his body in the holy place." --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To injure by fire or heat; to change destructively some property or properties of, by undue exposure to fire or heat; to scorch; to scald; to blister; to singe; to char; to sear; as, to burn steel in forging; to burn one's face in the sun; the sun burns the grass. [1913 Webster] 3. To perfect or improve by fire or heat; to submit to the action of fire or heat for some economic purpose; to destroy or change some property or properties of, by exposure to fire or heat in due degree for obtaining a desired residuum, product, or effect; to bake; as, to burn clay in making bricks or pottery; to burn wood so as to produce charcoal; to burn limestone for the lime. [1913 Webster] 4. To make or produce, as an effect or result, by the application of fire or heat; as, to burn a hole; to burn charcoal; to burn letters into a block. [1913 Webster] 5. To consume, injure, or change the condition of, as if by action of fire or heat; to affect as fire or heat does; as, to burn the mouth with pepper. [1913 Webster] This tyrant fever burns me up. --Shak. [1913 Webster] This dry sorrow burns up all my tears. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] When the cold north wind bloweth, . . . it devoureth the mountains, and burneth the wilderness, and consumeth the ??ass as fire. --Ecclus. xliii. 20, 21. [1913 Webster] 6. (Surg.) To apply a cautery to; to cauterize. [1913 Webster] 7. (Chem.) To cause to combine with oxygen or other active agent, with evolution of heat; to consume; to oxidize; as, a man burns a certain amount of carbon at each respiration; to burn iron in oxygen. [1913 Webster] To burn, To burn together, as two surfaces of metal (Engin.), to fuse and unite them by pouring over them a quantity of the same metal in a liquid state. To burn a bowl (Game of Bowls), to displace it accidentally, the bowl so displaced being said to be burned. To burn daylight, to light candles before it is dark; to waste time; to perform superfluous actions. --Shak. To burn one's fingers, to get one's self into unexpected trouble, as by interfering the concerns of others, speculation, etc. To burn out, (a) to destroy or obliterate by burning. "Must you with hot irons burn out mine eyes?" --Shak. (b) to force (people) to flee by burning their homes or places of business; as, the rioters burned out the Chinese businessmen. To be burned out, to suffer loss by fire, as the burning of one's house, store, or shop, with the contents. To burn up, To burn down, to burn entirely. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Burning \Burn"ing\, a. 1. That burns; being on fire; excessively hot; fiery. [1913 Webster] 2. Consuming; intense; inflaming; exciting; vehement; powerful; as, burning zeal. [1913 Webster] Like a young hound upon a burning scent. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Burning bush (Bot.), an ornamental shrub (Euonymus atropurpureus), bearing a crimson berry. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Burning \Burn"ing\, n. The act of consuming by fire or heat, or of subjecting to the effect of fire or heat; the state of being on fire or excessively heated. [1913 Webster] Burning fluid, any volatile illuminating oil, as the lighter petroleums (naphtha, benzine), or oil of turpentine (camphine), but esp. a mixture of the latter with alcohol. Burning glass, a convex lens of considerable size, used for producing an intense heat by converging the sun's rays to a focus. Burning house (Metal.), the furnace in which tin ores are calcined, to sublime the sulphur and arsenic from the pyrites. --Weale. Burning mirror, a concave mirror, or a combination of plane mirrors, used for the same purpose as a burning glass. [1913 Webster] Syn: Combustion; fire; conflagration; flame; blaze. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

burning adj 1: of immediate import; "burning issues of the day" n 1: the act of burning something; "the burning of leaves was prohibited by a town ordinance" [syn: burning, combustion] 2: pain that feels hot as if it were on fire [syn: burn, burning] 3: a process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give heat and light [syn: combustion, burning] 4: execution by electricity [syn: electrocution, burning] 5: execution by fire [syn: burning, burning at the stake] 6: a form of torture in which cigarettes or cigars or other hot implements are used to burn the victim's skin
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

383 Moby Thesaurus words for "burning": abandoned, ablaze, acerb, acerbate, acerbic, acid, acidic, acidulent, acidulous, acrimonious, afire, aflame, aflicker, aglow, algetic, alight, angry, animal heat, approaching, approximate, approximating, ardent, arm-in-arm, baking, beaming, beamy, beheading, bitter, blazing, blistering, blood heat, blushing, body heat, boiling, boiling over, branding, breathless, bright, bright and sunny, bright-hued, brilliant, brisk, broiling, burn, burning hot, burning pain, burning with excitement, calcination, calefacient, calefactive, calefactory, calidity, caloric, candent, candescent, canicular, capital punishment, carbonization, caustic, cauterant, cauterization, cautery, chafed, chafing, cheek-by-jowl, choleric, cineration, clamant, clamorous, close, coal heat, colorful, colory, comburent, combustion, committed, concremation, conflagrant, convected heat, cordial, cracking, cremation, crucifixion, crying, cupellation, curried, decapitation, decollation, dedicated, deep-colored, defenestration, deflagration, delirious, destructive distillation, devoted, devout, dire, distillation, distilling, drunk, earnest, ebullient, electric heat, electrocution, embittered, emphatic, enthusiastic, estral, estrous, estrual, excited, exciting, execution, exigent, exotic, exuberant, faithful, febrile, fervent, fervid, festering, fever, fever heat, fevered, feverish, feverous, fiery, fire, flagrant, flaming, flaring, flashing, flashy, flickering, flushed, flushing, fulgurant, fulgurating, fuming, funeral pile, fusillade, galled, garrote, gas heat, gassing, gay, gay-colored, gleaming, gleamy, glinting, glowing, gorgeous, grilling, guttering, hand-in-hand, hanging, hearty, heat, heated, heatedness, heating, hectic, hemlock, het up, high-colored, high-seasoned, hot, hot as fire, hot as hell, hot as pepper, hot-air heat, hot-blooded, hotness, hyperpyretic, hyperthermic, hypothermia, ignescent, ignited, illuminant, impassioned, imperative, importunate, in a blaze, in a fever, in a glow, in earnest, in flames, in heat, in must, in rut, incalescence, incandescent, incineration, induction heat, inflamed, instant, intense, intent, intent on, intimate, intoxicated, irradiative, irritated, judicial murder, keen, kindled, lamping, lapidation, light as day, lighted, like a furnace, like an oven, live, lively, living, loyal, luciferous, lucific, luciform, luminant, luminative, luminiferous, luminificent, luminous, lustrous, meteoric, molecular heat, must, musty, near, near the mark, nearing, nearish, necktie party, nigh, nighish, nippy, oil heat, on fire, orient, overheated, overwarm, oxidation, oxidization, parching, passionate, peppery, perfervid, piping hot, poisoning, propinque, provoking, proximal, proximate, pyre, pyretic, pyrolysis, racy, radiant, radiant heat, raging, rancorous, rankled, rankling, raw, red, red-hot, reduction to ashes, reeking, refining, resentful, resenting, resolute, rich, rich-colored, roasting, rutilant, rutilous, rutting, ruttish, rutty, scalding, scintillant, scintillating, scorching, scorification, searing, seasoned, seething, self-immolation, sensitive, serious, sexually excited, shining, shiny, shooting, side-by-side, simmering, sincere, singeing, sizzling, sizzling hot, smart, smarting, smelting, smoking, smoking hot, smoldering, snappy, solar heat, sore, sparking, spiced, spicy, spirited, splenetic, starbright, starlike, starry, steam heat, steaming, steamy, stewing, stimulating, sting, stinging, stirring, stoning, strangling, strangulation, streaming, sudorific, suffused, sunny, sunshiny, superheat, superheatedness, suttee, sweating, sweaty, sweltering, sweltry, tangy, tender, the ax, the block, the chair, the gallows, the gas chamber, the guillotine, the hot seat, the rope, the stake, thermal radiation, thermogenesis, tingle, tingling, toasting, torrid, ultraviolet heat, unextinguished, unquenched, unrestrained, urgent, urtication, vehement, vesication, vicinal, vigorous, violent, virulent, vivid, warm, warming, warmness, warmth, white-hot, with a kick, withering, zealous, zestful, zesty, zippy
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

BURNING. Vide Accident; Arson; Fire, accidental.