Definition of burner in English:



  • 1A person or thing that burns.

    [in combination] ‘uphill walking is a great calorie-burner’
    • ‘The only interruption to your peaceful flight is the occasional blast of heat from the burners, which burn LPG at a rate of 1-1.5 litres per minute, depending on conditions.’
    • ‘Last year, it started selling fuel pellets made from waste wood and sawdust, designed to be burned in home fires and log burners.’
    • ‘Though the USA remains the number one fuel burner.’
    • ‘We replaced this with a war surplus, gasoline burner, field-type, autoclave for approximately $45.’
    • ‘When fed to the burners and burned off in the boiler, the clean flame generates a flame, giving a higher efficiency than is the case at present.’
    • ‘In the 1980s and 1990s, development first focused on design of burners and spray guns suitable for spray powders available at the time.’
    • ‘Generally described, the dual air-current burner consists of two cylindrical tubes of different diameters and different lengths.’
    • ‘An elderly Chinese man was burning dozens of papers in a shaded burner.’
    • ‘The collection includes blended body oils, exfoliating body scrub, hydrating body lotions, and aromatherapy burners, aromatherapy blended essential oils, sumptuous robes and slippers.’
    1. 1.1A part of a stove, lamp, etc., that emits and shapes a flame.
      • ‘He was cooking out of this double burner in the Palmer House.’
      • ‘The older woman quickly turned put the pan back on the burner and shut the flame off.’
      • ‘You know if there is one thing I have learned in running this blog it is never for any reason leave lemons in the burner of a lit gas stove.’
      • ‘Bending at the waist, she peers beneath the pot, adjusting the burner's blue flame.’
      • ‘The four burner plus grill cook top does not have the usual downdraft exhaust fan for eliminating food odors.’
      • ‘Mallory took charge quickly, striking a match and holding it near the base of the burner where the gas slowly leaked out.’
      • ‘The blue flames of all four burners on the stainless steel hearth are flicked to high.’
      • ‘He lit the burner and the fire became at once flames reflected in the window's three panes: smell of sulphur.’
      • ‘A professional unit with more than four burners may be good for people who cook frequently or who often cook many things at once.’
      • ‘The burners on a gas stove are all the same size, but they can vary in the amount of heat or BTU's that each one puts out.’
      • ‘On the weekend, I learn to light burners and oven.’
      • ‘Thirteen of us working for five hours in a closed kitchen with molten sugar, hot burners, and open flames.’
      • ‘Note that with fuel-fired systems, equipment is often simplified, eliminating a redundant second burner and venting system.’
      • ‘Noise was coming from the kitchen, and the sound of a burner being lit intruded loudly onto the silence.’
      • ‘Mismatched mirrors on opposite walls reflected one another, and a coffee maker burned coffee on its burner.’
      • ‘Start up another burner on medium-high heat with a skillet or omelet pan.’
      • ‘He had put a wire gauze on top of the burner before turning the gas on.’
      • ‘Electric burners usually burn off food spilled on them.’
      • ‘The cooker automatically cuts off the gas supply if the burner is accidentally extinguished.’
      • ‘Versatile and durable, the range includes eight burners, four cast-iron full-surface grates, and a griddle accessory.’
    2. 1.2North American The heating element of an electric stove.
      • ‘With electric cook tops, there are a number of new types of burners on the market: solid disk elements, radiant elements under glass, halogen elements, and induction elements.’
      • ‘So, I set the metal shot glass on the burner of the electric stove on low heat.’
      • ‘A heavy-duty motorized steel rotisserie is built right into the unit, and it has its own vertical infrared burner that evenly cooks a whole leg of lamb or several whole chickens.’
      • ‘The sauciers worked on a continuous flat electric burner the size of my kitchen counter.’
      • ‘Coruscating Cinnamon Granules is a looped, silent black-and-white film of cinnamon bits flaring as they fall on an electric burner in a darkened room.’
      • ‘The higher-order grills boast more heating capacity and a larger cooking surface, though all have core features such as electronic ignition and side burners.’
      • ‘A good example is a pot that's warmed because it's sitting on top of an electric stove's burner.’
      • ‘I needed drawers, and two electric burners that were safe when you switched them off.’
      • ‘Some units have electric burners with adjustable controls.’
    3. 1.3An apparatus in which a fuel is used or an aromatic substance is heated.
      • ‘According to Bunn the product has been extensively tested locally and internationally in open flame burners, under laboratory conditions.’
      • ‘When the first kernels pop, cover the pot and shake it across the burner so the kernels don't burn.’
      • ‘The ceramic work of Lee Jeong Do reinterpreted such items as pen rests, incense burners, brush hangers and ink stones.’
      • ‘You could also use incense or burn essential oils in a purpose-made burner.’
      • ‘Then they are siphoned off into a secondary burner where they are heated to 1,000 degrees, and in that process are destroyed.’
      • ‘If you have an electric storage water heater in a tight space and want to convert it to gas, you can use an add-on burner for the electric tank.’
      • ‘If the burners have yellow flames or yellow in the tips of the flames, more air and clean burners produces blue flames.’
      • ‘It is a knock for those trying to encourage clean air policies and switch from open fires and log burners to electricity.’
      • ‘Notwithstanding their low cost, coal stations could be improved further by new techniques such as burners fed by coal gas, generated by multi-fluidised bed gasifiers.’
      • ‘He had dimmed the lights and lit some calming incense burners.’
      • ‘On Koran stands, carpets, book covers and kaftans, from painted miniatures to intricate incense burners, the entire show is crowded with figures.’
      • ‘Medium range burners and gas cooking appliances with food warmers in three basic models have been introduced.’
      • ‘The engines had to be heated by four large burners to unfreeze the oil before they could start.’
      • ‘The main burner can produce 13,500 BTUs, and the smaller auxiliary burner generates 11,000 BTUs.’
      • ‘I lit two orange candles and blessed them and also lit an energy incense in my incense burner.’
      • ‘The café is smart, and the shops sells every item which can conceivably be lavender scented - from soaps and candles to incense burners and perfumes.’
      • ‘Other bays are brightened by an astonishing number of silver candlesticks, incense burners and vessels.’
      • ‘For a uniform ‘flame finish,’ granite is first polished normally, then spalled with a large oxyacetylene burner.’
      • ‘Always interested in the animal mysteries of China, Texier has created bronzes similar to ancient Chinese sculptures, where hippos or oxen carry incense burners on their back.’
      • ‘Gas burners and grates may be removed for cleaning.’
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    short for CD burner
    • ‘I found a 32x (!) burner for less than $80, installed it, and tested it.’
    • ‘Since most DVD burners can read and burn CDs, it's best to make a backup CD to protect your valuable shots.’
    • ‘The design for the PC's various components are in flux, with hard drives, DVD burners, video cards, memory and motherboards all being reworked.’
    • ‘Home/business users will want both a DVD-ROM drive and a CD burner, and possibly a DVD burner.’
    • ‘By the same token, even an 8x DVD burner cannot match the burn speeds of dedicated CD burners.’
    • ‘It was pretty, but also slow and notably devoid of drivers for CD-ROM burners, DVD players and other peripherals essential to the modern desktop computing experience.’
    • ‘I am using a duplicator with a professional setup, rather than burning the DVDs myself on an Office Depot burner.’
    • ‘We have a spin with a DVD burner that burns up to 8x for DVDs and is cheap to boot.’
    • ‘A home DVD burner like this one can only burn so much info to a DVD.’
    • ‘This would also be a small test on the drive's ability to read a data CD burned from another burner.’
  • 3North American informal A cheap mobile phone paid for in advance.

    ‘he bought a burner to get in touch with Shapiro’
    ‘one national security reporter suggested using burner phones’
    • ‘Security experts explain that research underway would make it easier to trace a burner phone.’
    • ‘The only truly anonymous call is between people using two burner phones.’
    • ‘But I did the first year here without things like new clothes, I was living out of suitcase and had a burner cell phone.’
    • ‘Perhaps the best use of mail is simply to send the reporter a phone pre-programmed to only call your burner.’
    • ‘Fraudsters are seldom caught, because they are often from out of town and are using burner phones and generic email addresses.’
    • ‘He described using burner pay-as-you-go phones, that were destroyed after a few months to ensure their use could not be traced.’
    • ‘He's running operations from the Ivory Coast, where he switches out cellphones and burners to make tracing nearly impossible.’
    • ‘They try to set up traces for the calls, but burner phones don't make that possible.’
    • ‘For guaranteed security, the burner phone should only be used once.’
    • ‘He's been attempting to overturn the conviction because the police tracked his burner phone to a Texas rest stop.’
  • 4US informal A handgun.

    ‘Mama pulled out a burner and shot a man down’
    • ‘He aimed his burner at me.’
    • ‘Now, he barked, waving the burner in their direction.’
    • ‘Nighthawk fired his burner, and one of the three men dropped to the ground.’
    • ‘The aeronaut beside her fired his burner again.’
    • ‘He aimed his burner at her, and I slapped it out of his hand before he could squeeze the trigger.’