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Definition 1: damage inflicted by fire - [noun denoting act]

(burn is a kind of ...) the act of damaging something or someone

(... is a kind of burn ) the act of burning with steam or hot water

Definition 2: a place or area that has been burned (especially on a person's body) - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for burn in the sense of this definition

(burn is a kind of ...) a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)

"a facial blemish"

(... is a kind of burn ) a burn mark left by a smoldering cigarette

"a cigarette burn on the edge of the table"

Definition 3: pain that feels hot as if it were on fire - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for burn in the sense of this definition

(burn is a kind of ...) a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder

"the patient developed severe pain and distension"

Definition 4: an injury caused by exposure to heat or chemicals or radiation - [noun denoting state]

(burn is a kind of ...) any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.

(... is a kind of burn ) a burn caused by heat produced by an electric current

(... is a kind of burn ) a surface burn

(... is a kind of burn ) a burn cause by hot liquid or steam

(... is a kind of burn ) burn causing redness of the skin surface

(... is a kind of burn ) burn causing blisters on the skin and superficial destruction of the dermis

(... is a kind of burn ) burn characterized by destruction of both epidermis and dermis

Definition 5: a browning of the skin resulting from exposure to the rays of the sun - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for burn in the sense of this definition

(burn is a kind of ...) unusual darkening of the skin

Definition 6: get a sunburn by overexposure to the sun - [verb of body]

Synonyms for burn in the sense of this definition

(burn is a kind of ...) change color, often in an undesired manner

"The shirts discolored"

Definition 7: undergo combustion - [verb of change]

Samples where burn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Maple wood burns well

Synonyms for burn in the sense of this definition

(burn is a kind of ...) undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

"We turned from Socialism to Capitalism" "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"

(... is a kind of burn ) burn completely; be consumed or destroyed by fire

"The hut burned down" "The mountain of paper went up in flames"

(... is a kind of burn ) burn slowly and without a flame

"a smoldering fire"

(... is a kind of burn ) become superficially burned

"my eyebrows singed when I bent over the flames"

(... is a kind of burn ) burn with great heat and intense light

"the powder deflagrated"

(... is a kind of burn ) be in flames or aflame

"The sky seemed to flame in the Hawaiian sunset"

(... is a kind of burn ) burn brightly

"Every star seemed to flare with new intensity"

(... is a kind of burn ) burn brightly and intensely

"The summer sun alone can cause a pine to blaze"

(burn has a similar meaning as ...) destroy by fire

"They burned the house and his diaries"

Definition 8: cause to undergo combustion - [verb of change]

Samples where burn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • burn garbage
  • The car burns only Diesel oil

Synonyms for burn in the sense of this definition

(burn is a kind of ...) change in physical make-up

(burn has a similar meaning as ...) become reduced to ashes

"The paper incinerated quickly"

(burn has a similar meaning as ...) destroy by fire

"They burned the house and his diaries"

Definition 9: destroy by fire - [verb of change]

Samples where burn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • They burned the house and his diaries

Synonyms for burn in the sense of this definition

(burn is a kind of ...) destroy completely; damage irreparably

"You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!" "The tears ruined her make-up"

(... is a kind of burn ) set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire

(... is a kind of burn ) reduce to ashes

"Cremate a corpse"

(... is a kind of burn ) burn maliciously, as by arson

"The madman torched the barns"

(... is a kind of burn ) destroy completely by or as if by fire

"The wildfire scorched the forest and several homes" "the invaders scorched the land"

(burn has a similar meaning as ...) undergo combustion

"Maple wood burns well"

(burn has a similar meaning as ...) cause to undergo combustion

"burn garbage" "The car burns only Diesel oil"

Definition 10: damage by burning with heat, fire, or radiation - [verb of change]

Samples where burn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The iron burnt a hole in my dress

(burn is a kind of ...) inflict damage upon

"The snow damaged the roof" "She damaged the car when she hit the tree"

(... is a kind of burn ) burn with a hot liquid or steam

"She scalded her hands when she turned on the faucet and hot water came out"

(... is a kind of burn ) burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent

"The surgeon cauterized the wart"

(... is a kind of burn ) burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color

"The cook blackened the chicken breast" "The fire charred the ceiling above the mantelpiece" "the flames scorched the ceiling"

Definition 11: burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent - [verb of change]

Samples where burn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The surgeon cauterized the wart

Synonyms for burn in the sense of this definition

(burn is a kind of ...) provide treatment for

"The doctor treated my broken leg" "The nurses cared for the bomb victims" "The patient must be treated right away or she will die" "Treat the infection with antibiotics"

(burn is a kind of ...) damage by burning with heat, fire, or radiation

"The iron burnt a hole in my dress"

(burn implies ...) make very hot and dry

"The heat scorched the countryside"

Definition 12: use up (energy) - [verb of consumption]

Samples where burn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • burn off calories through vigorous exercise

Synonyms for burn in the sense of this definition

(burn is a kind of ...) use up (resources or materials)

"this car consumes a lot of gas" "We exhausted our savings" "They run through 20 bottles of wine a week"

Definition 13: create by duplicating data - [verb of creation]

Samples where burn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • cut a disk
  • burn a CD

Synonyms for burn in the sense of this definition

(burn is a kind of ...) create or manufacture a man-made product

"We produce more cars than we can sell" "The company has been making toys for two centuries"

(burn has a similar meaning as ...) record a performance on (a medium)

"cut a record"

Definition 14: feel strong emotion, especially anger or passion - [verb of emotion]

Samples where burn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She was burning with anger
  • He was burning to try out his new skies

(burn is a kind of ...) undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind

"She felt resentful" "He felt regret"

Definition 15: cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort - [verb of perception]

Samples where burn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The sun burned his face

Synonyms for burn in the sense of this definition

(burn is a kind of ...) be the source of pain

(... is a kind of burn ) sting with or as with nettles and cause a stinging pain or sensation

(burn has a similar meaning as ...) feel hot or painful

"My eyes are burning"

Definition 16: feel hot or painful - [verb of perception]

Samples where burn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • My eyes are burning

(burn is a kind of ...) be the source of pain

(burn has a similar meaning as ...) cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort

"The sun burned his face"

Definition 17: spend (significant amounts of money) - [verb of possession]

Samples where burn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He has money to burn

(burn is a kind of ...) spend thoughtlessly; throw away

"He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends" "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"

Samples where burn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Witches were burned in Salem

(burn is a kind of ...) kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment

"In some states, criminals are executed"

(burn implies ...) destroy by fire

"They burned the house and his diaries"

Definition 19: shine intensely, as if with heat - [verb of weather]

Samples where burn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The coals were glowing in the dark
  • The candles were burning

Synonyms for burn in the sense of this definition

(burn is a kind of ...) emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light

"The sun shone bright that day" "The fire beamed on their faces"

(... is a kind of burn ) burn unsteadily, feebly, or low; flicker

"The cooling lava continued to gutter toward lower ground"

Definition 20: cause to burn or combust - [verb of weather]

Samples where burn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The sun burned off the fog
  • We combust coal and other fossil fuels

Synonyms for burn in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of burn ) cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat

"Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter" "Light a cigarette"

(... is a kind of burn ) set fire to; cause to start burning

"Lightening set fire to the forest"

(... is a kind of burn ) burn to charcoal

"Without a drenching rain, the forest fire will char everything"

(... is a kind of burn ) cause to burn rapidly and with great intensity

"care must be exercised when this substance is to be deflagrated"

(burn causes ...) undergo combustion

"Maple wood burns well"

(burn has a similar meaning as ...) start to burn or burst into flames

"Marsh gases ignited suddenly" "The oily rags combusted spontaneously"

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