burning

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: burning

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n
a process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give heat and light
2
adj
of immediate import
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: burning
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n a process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give heat and light

Synonyms:
combustion
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deflagration
combustion that propagates through a gas or along the surface of an explosive at a rapid rate driven by the transfer of heat
fire, flame, flaming
the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke
internal combustion
the combustion of fuel inside a cylinder (as in an internal-combustion engine)
blaze, blazing
a strong flame that burns brightly
flare
a sudden burst of flame
ignition
the process of initiating combustion or catching fire
Type of:
oxidation, oxidisation, oxidization
the process of oxidizing; the addition of oxygen to a compound with a loss of electrons; always occurs accompanied by reduction

n the act of burning something

“the burning of leaves was prohibited by a town ordinance”
Synonyms:
combustion
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arson, fire-raising, incendiarism
malicious burning to destroy property
firing, ignition, inflammation, kindling, lighting
the act of setting something on fire
incineration
the act of burning something completely; reducing it to ashes
cremation
the incineration of a dead body
Type of:
change of integrity
the act of changing the unity or wholeness of something

n execution by fire

Synonyms:
burning at the stake
Types:
auto-da-fe
the burning to death of heretics (as during the Spanish Inquisition)
Type of:
capital punishment, death penalty, executing, execution
putting a condemned person to death

n execution by electricity

Synonyms:
electrocution
Type of:
capital punishment, death penalty, executing, execution
putting a condemned person to death

n pain that feels hot as if it were on fire

Synonyms:
burn
Type of:
hurting, pain
a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder

n a form of torture in which cigarettes or cigars or other hot implements are used to burn the victim's skin

Type of:
torture, torturing
the deliberate, systematic, or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons in an attempt to force another person to yield information or to make a confession or for any other reason
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adj of immediate import

burning issues of the day”
Synonyms
important, of import
of great significance or value
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