burn[ burn ]
verb (used without object)
1. to undergo rapid combustion or consume fuel in such a way as to give off heat, gases, and, usually, light; be on fire: The fire burned in the grate.
2. (of a fireplace, furnace, etc.) to contain a fire.
3. to feel heat or a physiologically similar sensation; feel pain from or as if from a fire: The wound burned and throbbed.
4. to give off light or to glow brightly: The lights in the house burned all night.
5. to give off heat or be hot: The pavement burned in the noon sun.
6. to produce pain or a stinging sensation similar to that of fire; cause to smart: The whiskey burned in his throat.
7. to be extremely close to finding a concealed object or guessing an answer.
8. to feel extreme anger: When she said I was rude, I really burned.
9. to feel strong emotion or passion: He burned with desire.
10. to undergo fission or fusion.
11. to become charred or overcooked by heat: The steak burned around the edges.
12. to receive a sunburn: She burns easily and has to stay in the shade.
13. to be damned: You may burn for that sin.
14. to die in an electric chair: The murderer was sentenced to burn.
15. to be engraved by or as if by burning: His words burned into her heart.
verb (used with object)
1. to cause to undergo combustion or be consumed partly or wholly by fire.
2. to use as fuel or as a source of light: He burned coal to heat the house.
3. to cause to feel the sensation of heat.
4. to overcook or char: I almost burned the roast.
5. to sunburn
6. to injure, endanger, or damage with or as if with fire: Look out, you’ll burn yourself!
7. to execute by burning: The heretic was burned at the stake.
8. to subject to fire or treat with heat as a process of manufacturing.
9. to produce with or as if with fire: She burned a hole in her dress.
10. to cause sharp pain or a stinging sensation: The iodine burned his cut.
11. to consume rapidly, especially to squander: He burned energy as if he never heard of resting.
12. to suffer losses or be disillusioned in business or social relationships: She was burned by that phony stock deal.
13. to cheat or rob.
14. to copy or write data to (an optical disk): She burned a CD of their favorite songs.
15. to cause to undergo combustion; oxidize.
16. to damage through excessive friction, as in grinding or machining; scorch.
17. to oxidize (a steel ingot), as with a flame.
18. to scald (a wine, especially sherry) in an iron container over a fire.
19. to put (a played or rejected card) face up at the bottom of the pack.
20. to disclose the identity of (an undercover agent, law officer, etc.): to burn a narcotics detective.
1. a burned place or area: a burn where fire had ripped through the forest.
2. an injury usually caused by heat but also by abnormal cold, chemicals, poison gas, electricity, or lightning, and characterized by a painful reddening and swelling of the epidermis (first-degree burn) damage extending into the dermis, usually with blistering (second-degree burn) or destruction of the epidermis and dermis extending into the deeper tissue with loss of pain receptors (third-degree burn)
3. slow burn
4. the process or an instance of burning or baking, as in brickmaking.
5. a forest or brush fire.
6. the firing of a rocket engine.
7. a burning sensation felt in the muscles during intense exercise (usually preceded by the): Repeat the sit-ups till you feel the burn in your lower abs.
8. a swindle.
1. to burn to the ground: That barn was struck by lightning and burned down.
2. (in printing) to expose (one part of an image) to more light by masking the other parts in order to darken and give greater detail to the unmasked area.
3. (of morning mist) to be dissipated by the warmth of the rising sun.
4. to weld lead with lead.
5. to incite to anger: That attitude burns me up.
6. to wear out; exhaust; be worn out; become exhausted.
7. to become angry: He burns up at the mention of her name.
1. burn one’s bridges (behind one).bridge
2. burn oneself out.to exhaust one’s energy, ideas, etc., through overwork or intemperance: They feared that he would burn himself out or break down.
3. burn the midnight oil.to work, study,etc., until late at night: to burn the midnight oil before final exams.
4. burn the/one’s candle at both ends.to be excessively active or immoderate, as by leading an active social life by night and a busy work life by day: You can’t burn the candle at both ends and hold onto a job.
I would have collapsed in (yet another) heap today if it weren’t for this word.
I consider myself a very compassionate person, I think about people’s feelings a lot, and try to do right by everyone, try to understand their position. Sometimes though, I really just have to do what’s best for me, even if it’s going to hurt someone else.
Basically, the tragedies in my life have me feeling (and sorta smelling) incensed.
I’m not repressing this feeling anymore, I’m using it. Today was the first day in a long time I felt something incredibly profound: absolution.
I’m going to be okay.
Fire is a terribly beautiful thing, flickering and dancing, most of all purifying.
So today, I am happy to burn, bright and bold, because I can’t think of a better way to purify my soul.