American English

Definition of burner noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the part of a stove, etc. that produces a flame
  2. 2a large, solid, metal piece of equipment for burning wood or coal, used for heating a room a wood burner see also Bunsen burner, Bunsen burner, Bunsen burner
  3. Idioms
    on the back burner (informal)
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    (of an idea, a plan, etc.) left for the present time, to be done or considered later see also back-burner, on the front burner
    on the front burner (informal)
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    (of an issue, a plan, etc.) being given a lot of attention because it is considered important Anything that keeps education on the front burner is good. compare on the back burner
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: burner