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Definition of burn noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] an injury or a mark caused by fire, heat, or acid minor/severe/third-degree burns cigarette burns on the furniture burn marks a burn unit in a hospital
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a mark that is red and painful, caused by something rubbing against the skin a smooth shave without razor burn
  3. in muscles
  4. 3the burn [singular] the feeling that you get in your muscles when you have done a lot of exercise Feel the burn!
  5. river
  6. 4[countable] a small river synonym stream
  7. Idioms
    do a slow burn (informal)
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    to slowly get angry
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: burn