Definition of burn noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɜːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɜːrn//
    Rivers and lakes, Injuries, Exercise
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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 specialist burns unit in a hospital He was treated in the hospital for 60% burns. a slight burn on the back of her hand See related entries: Injuries
  2. in muscles
  3. 2the burn [singular] the feeling that you get in your muscles when you have done a lot of exercise Feel the burn! See related entries: Exercise
  4. river
  5. 3[countable] (Scottish English) a small river synonym stream See related entries: Rivers and lakes
  6. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 Old English birnan ‘be on fire’ and bærnan ‘consume by fire’, both from the same Germanic base; related to German brennen. noun sense 3 Old English burna, burn(e), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bron and German Brunnen ‘well’.Idioms (North American English, informal) to slowly get angry See related entries: Anger
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