Definition of burner in English:

burner

Syllabification: burn·er
Pronunciation: /ˈbərnər
 
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noun

  • 1A thing that burns something or is burned, in particular.
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    • Though the USA remains the number one fuel burner.
    • Generally described, the dual air-current burner consists of two cylindrical tubes of different diameters and different lengths.
    • We replaced this with a war surplus, gasoline burner, field-type, autoclave for approximately $45.
  • 1.1A part of a stove, lamp, etc., that emits and shapes a flame.
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    • The blue flames of all four burners on the stainless steel hearth are flicked to high.
    • Thirteen of us working for five hours in a closed kitchen with molten sugar, hot burners, and open flames.
    • The cooker automatically cuts off the gas supply if the burner is accidentally extinguished.
  • 1.2An apparatus in which a fuel is used or an aromatic substance is heated.
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    • Always interested in the animal mysteries of China, Texier has created bronzes similar to ancient Chinese sculptures, where hippos or oxen carry incense burners on their back.
    • The ceramic work of Lee Jeong Do reinterpreted such items as pen rests, incense burners, brush hangers and ink stones.
    • Then they are siphoned off into a secondary burner where they are heated to 1,000 degrees, and in that process are destroyed.
  • 1.3 [with adjective] An activity that uses something of a specified kind as energy: uphill walking is a great calorie burner
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    • Very aerobic-biassed, I guess, but at least they are all calorie burners, so they would have got rid of the remnants of the cake we ate at Trevor and Jon's this evening.
    • ‘Jumping rope is one of the highest calorie burners,’ Kleinberg says.
    • As efficient calorie burners go, running pretty much dominates the scene, and running in the right shoes keeps your legs healthy and your exercise program on track.
  • 1.4 short for CD burner.
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    • The design for the PC's various components are in flux, with hard drives, DVD burners, video cards, memory and motherboards all being reworked.
    • It was pretty, but also slow and notably devoid of drivers for CD-ROM burners, DVD players and other peripherals essential to the modern desktop computing experience.
    • Home/business users will want both a DVD-ROM drive and a CD burner, and possibly a DVD burner.
  • 1.5 informal A handgun.

Phrases

on the back (or front) burner

informal Having low (or high) priority: he wants the matter to be put on the back burner
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  • For the moment I'm going to have to shove the whole question on the back burner and stop thinking about it.
  • Singapore has reciprocated by putting several disputes on the back burner.
  • He went on to say that he had absolutely no doubt that the issue would have been put on the back burner by the Government without the campaign.

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