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burner Syllabification: burn·er
Pronunciation: /ˈbərnər/

Definition of burner in English:


1A person or thing that burns: [in combination]: uphill walking is a great calorie-burner
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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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.2North American The heating element of an electric stove.
1.3An apparatus in which a fuel is used or an aromatic substance is heated.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2 short for CD burner.
Example sentences
  • 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.
3 (also burner phone) North American informal An inexpensive mobile phone for whose telecommunications services one pays in advance, used typically for the sake of anonymity since no personal details are required by the service provider: he bought a burner to get in touch with Shapiro one national security reporter suggested using burner phones
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  • He's running operations from the Ivory Coast, where he switches out cellphones and burners to make tracing nearly impossible.
  • But I did the first year here without things like new clothes, I was living out of suitcase and had a burner cell phone.
  • He described using burner pay-as-you-go phones, that were destroyed after a few months to ensure their use could not be traced.
4US informal A handgun: Mama pulled out a burner and shot a man down
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  • Now, he barked, waving the burner in their direction.
  • Nighthawk fired his burner, and one of the three men dropped to the ground.
  • The aeronaut beside her fired his burner again.


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.

Words that rhyme with burner

Annapurna, discerner, earner, learner, Myrna, Smyrna, spurner, taverna, turner, Verner, Werner, yearner
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