Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
brennen, v. t., early confused with
birnen, v. i., AS.
bernan, v. t.,
birnan, v. i.; akin to OS.
brannjan(in comp.), and possibly to E.
To consume with fire; to reduce to ashes by the action of heat or fire; – frequently intensified by up:“We’ll burn his body in the holy place.”
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;
burnsteel in forging; to
burnone's face in the sun; the sun
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;
burnclay in making bricks or pottery; to
burnwood so as to produce charcoal; to
burnlimestone for the lime
To make or produce, as an effect or result, by the application of fire or heat;
burna hole; to
burnletters into a block
To consume, injure, or change the condition of, as if by action of fire or heat; to affect as fire or heat does;
burnthe mouth with pepper
This tyrant fever
This dry sorrow
burnsup all my tears.
When the cold north wind bloweth, . . . it devoureth the mountains, and
burneththe wilderness, and consumeth the [GREEK][GREEK]ass as fire.
Ecclus. xliii. 20, 21.
To apply a cautery to; to cauterize.
To cause to combine with oxygen or other active agent, with evolution of heat; to consume; to oxidize;
as, a man.
burnsa certain amount of carbon at each respiration; to
burniron in oxygen
To burn together, as two surfaces of metal
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.
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,
to destroy or obliterate by burning.“Must you with hot irons burn out mine eyes?”
to force (people) to flee by burning their homes or places of business;–
as, the rioters
burned outthe 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.
To be of fire; to flame.“The mount burned with fire.”
Deut. ix. 15.
To suffer from, or be scorched by, an excess of heat.
Your meat doth
burn, quoth I.
To have a condition, quality, appearance, sensation, or emotion, as if on fire or excessively heated; to act or rage with destructive violence; to be in a state of lively emotion or strong desire;
as, the face.
Did not our heart
burnwithin us, while he talked with us by the way?
Luke xxiv. 32.
The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne,
Burnedon the water.
Burningwith high hope.
The groan still deepens, and the combat
The parching air
Burnsfrore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
To combine energetically, with evolution of heat;
In certain games, to approach near to a concealed object which is sought.
To burn up,
To burn down
to be entirely consumed.
A hurt, injury, or effect caused by fire or excessive or intense heat.
The operation or result of burning or baking, as in brickmaking;
as, they have a good.
A disease in vegetables. See
A small stream.
Webster 1828 Edition
1. To consume with fire; to reduce to ashes by the action of heat or fire; frequently with up; as, to burn up wood.
2.To expel the volatile parts and reduce to charcoal by fire; as, to burn wood into coal. Hence, in popular language, to burn a kiln of wood, is to char the wood.
3.To cleanse of soot by burning; to inflame; as, to burn a chimney; an extensive use of the word.
4.To harden in the fire; to bake or harden by heat; as, to burn bricks or a brick kiln.
5.To scorch; to affect by heat; as, to burn the clothes or the legs by the fire; to burn meat or bread in cookery.
6.To injure by fire; to affect the flesh by heat.
7.To dry up or dissipate; with up; as, to burn up tears.
8.To dry excessively; to cause to wither by heat; as,the sun burns the grass or plants.
9.To heat or inflame; to affect with excessive stimulus; as, ardent spirits burn the stomach.
10. To affect with heat in cookery, so as to give the food a disagreeable taste. Hence the phrase burnt to.
11. To calcine with heat or fire; to expel the volatile matter from substances, so that they are easily pulverized; as, to burn oyster shells, or lime-stone.
12. To affect with excess of heat; as, the fever burns a patient.
13. To subject to the action of fire; to heat or dry; as, to burn colors.
To burn up, to consume entirely by fire.
To burn out, to burn till the fuel is all consumed.
1.To shine; to sparkle.
O prince! O wherefore burn your eyes?
2.To be inflamed with passion or desire; as, to burn with anger or love.
3.To act with destructive violence, as fire.
Shall thy wrath burn like fire?
4.To be in commotion; to rage with destructive violence.
The groan still deepens and the combat burns.
5.To be heated; to be in a glow; as, the face burns.
6.To be affected with a sensation of heat, pain or acidity; as, the heart burns.
7.To feel excess of heat; as, the flesh burns by a fire; a patient burns with a fever.
To burn out, to burn till the fuel is exhausted and the fire ceases.
1.The operation of burning or baking, as in brickmaking; as, they have a good burn.