burning

Definitions of burning
  1. noun
    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
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    oxidation, oxidisation, oxidization
    the process of oxidizing; the addition of oxygen to a compound with a loss of electrons; always occurs accompanied by reduction
  2. noun
    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
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    change of integrity
    the act of changing the unity or wholeness of something
  3. noun
    execution by fire
    synonyms: burning at the stake
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    auto-da-fe
    the burning to death of heretics (as during the Spanish Inquisition)
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    capital punishment, death penalty, executing, execution
    putting a condemned person to death
  4. noun
    execution by electricity
    synonyms: electrocution
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    capital punishment, death penalty, executing, execution
    putting a condemned person to death
  5. noun
    pain that feels hot as if it were on fire
    synonyms: burn
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    hurting, pain
    a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder
  6. noun
    a form of torture in which cigarettes or cigars or other hot implements are used to burn the victim's skin
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    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
  7. adjective
    of immediate import
    burning issues of the day”
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    important, of import
    of great significance or value
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