• (America) IPA: /bɝnɪŋ/
  • (RP) IPA: /bɜːnɪŋ/
  1. present participle of burn#English|burn


  1. So hot as to seem to burn (something).
    the burning sun
  2. Feeling very hot.
    burning skin
  3. Feeling great passion.
    her burning heart
  4. Consuming; intense; inflaming; exciting; vehement; powerful.
    burning zeal
    • like a young hound upon a burning scent
  5. Being keenly discussed.
    a burning question; a burning issue
Translations Translations Translations Noun

burning (plural burnings)

  1. The act by which something burns or is burned.
    • 1850, The Edinburgh Review, Or Critical Journal (volume 91, page 93)
      The propriety of the dissolution, too, was speedily seen in the improved state of the public peace: for twelve years we hear little of Orange riots, and nothing of such burnings and wreckings as those of Maghera, Maghery, and Annahagh.
  2. A fire.
    The burnings continued all day.

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