Definition of burnout in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbərnˌout/


1The reduction of a fuel or substance to nothing through use or combustion: good carbon burnout [as modifier]: a burnout furnace
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  • After winning the TAFC title moments earlier, Austin's dragster, which he purchased from the estate of the late Gary Ormsby, broke at the start of the burnout in the Top Fuel final.
  • He then got the first of his two big breaks in the semi's when Haley had to shut off after his burnout because of a fluid leak.
  • Boost velocity control is achieved by burning all boost propulsion stages to burnout, shaping the trajectory to use all the energy, without thrust termination.
2Physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress: high levels of professionalism that may result in burnout you’ll suffer a burnout
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  • Failure to build in adequate rest into training will inevitably lead to both physical and mental burnout as well as injury.
  • Next, so that you don't suffer from burnout by overworking, take time to review and plan each move that you make toward your leaner, meaner company.
  • He withdrew from the game entirely before the end of that year, citing physical injuries and personal burnout.
2.1 informal A dropout or drug abuser.
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  • I looked to my left to see some other burnouts smoking by the library's exit door.
  • The revolt had ended with two kinds of casualties, the burnouts and the assimilated.
  • The director stars as Sarah, a bottle-blonde burnout who appears one day to rescue her eight year old son Jeremiah from his caring foster parents.
3Failure of an electrical device or component through overheating: an antistall mechanism prevents motor burnout
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  • He said he understood that at times this was down to the burnout of motors at the reservoir.
  • It is proved that high local overheating in the filament region is the cause of local electrical burnout of the devices.
  • Electrical burnout of fluorescent lighting ballasts causes the heating and. volatilization of an asphalt potting-compound inside the ballast.
4 [often as modifier] A method of producing textile patterns in which a design is etched by chemicals that destroy only the surface fibers: a tangerine jersey halter with silk floral burnout skirt
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  • The standout collection features lacy beaded boleros, silk-chiffon cocktail dresses and burnout velvet pants.
  • The thin burnout material creates a see-through look.
  • Elegant burnout and cutwork fabrics are everywhere in today's fashion world.

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Syllabification: burn·out

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