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 for burning
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Burn \Burn\ (b[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Burned (b[^u]rnd)
     or Burnt (b[^u]rnt); p. pr. & vb. n. Burning.] [OE.
     bernen, brennen, v. t., early confused with beornen, birnen,
     v. i., AS. b[ae]rnan, bernan, v. t., birnan, v. i.; akin to
     OS. brinnan, OFries. barna, berna, OHG. brinnan, brennan, G.
     brennen, OD. bernen, D. branden, Dan. br[ae]nde, Sw.
     br[aum]nna, brinna, Icel. brenna, Goth. brinnan, brannjan (in
     comp.), and possibly to E. fervent.]
     1. To consume with fire; to reduce to ashes by the action of
        heat or fire; -- frequently intensified by up: as, to burn
        up wood. "We'll burn his body in the holy place." --Shak.
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     2. To injure by fire or heat; to change destructively some
        property or properties of, by undue exposure to fire or
        heat; to scorch; to scald; to blister; to singe; to char;
        to sear; as, to burn steel in forging; to burn one's face
        in the sun; the sun burns the grass.
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     3. To perfect or improve by fire or heat; to submit to the
        action of fire or heat for some economic purpose; to
        destroy or change some property or properties of, by
        exposure to fire or heat in due degree for obtaining a
        desired residuum, product, or effect; to bake; as, to burn
        clay in making bricks or pottery; to burn wood so as to
        produce charcoal; to burn limestone for the lime.
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     4. To make or produce, as an effect or result, by the
        application of fire or heat; as, to burn a hole; to burn
        charcoal; to burn letters into a block.
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     5. To consume, injure, or change the condition of, as if by
        action of fire or heat; to affect as fire or heat does;
        as, to burn the mouth with pepper.
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              This tyrant fever burns me up.        --Shak.
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              This dry sorrow burns up all my tears. --Dryden.
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              When the cold north wind bloweth, . . . it devoureth
              the mountains, and burneth the wilderness, and
              consumeth the ??ass as fire.          --Ecclus.
                                                    xliii. 20, 21.
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     6. (Surg.) To apply a cautery to; to cauterize.
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     7. (Chem.) To cause to combine with oxygen or other active
        agent, with evolution of heat; to consume; to oxidize; as,
        a man burns a certain amount of carbon at each
        respiration; to burn iron in oxygen.
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     To burn, To burn together, as two surfaces of metal
        (Engin.), to fuse and unite them by pouring over them a
        quantity of the same metal in a liquid state.
     To burn a bowl (Game of Bowls), to displace it
        accidentally, the bowl so displaced being said to be
     To burn daylight, to light candles before it is dark; to
        waste time; to perform superfluous actions. --Shak.
     To burn one's fingers, to get one's self into unexpected
        trouble, as by interfering the concerns of others,
        speculation, etc.
     To burn out,
        (a) to destroy or obliterate by burning. "Must you with
            hot irons burn out mine eyes?" --Shak.
        (b) to force (people) to flee by burning their homes or
            places of business; as, the rioters burned out the
            Chinese businessmen.
     To be burned out, to suffer loss by fire, as the burning of
        one's house, store, or shop, with the contents.
     To burn up, To burn down, to burn entirely.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Burning \Burn"ing\, a.
     1. That burns; being on fire; excessively hot; fiery.
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     2. Consuming; intense; inflaming; exciting; vehement;
        powerful; as, burning zeal.
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              Like a young hound upon a burning scent. --Dryden.
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     Burning bush (Bot.), an ornamental shrub ({Euonymus
        atropurpureus), bearing a crimson berry.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Burning \Burn"ing\, n.
     The act of consuming by fire or heat, or of subjecting to the
     effect of fire or heat; the state of being on fire or
     excessively heated.
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     Burning fluid, any volatile illuminating oil, as the
        lighter petroleums (naphtha, benzine), or oil of
        turpentine (camphine), but esp. a mixture of the latter
        with alcohol.
     Burning glass, a convex lens of considerable size, used for
        producing an intense heat by converging the sun's rays to
        a focus.
     Burning house (Metal.), the furnace in which tin ores are
        calcined, to sublime the sulphur and arsenic from the
        pyrites. --Weale.
     Burning mirror, a concave mirror, or a combination of plane
        mirrors, used for the same purpose as a burning glass.
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     Syn: Combustion; fire; conflagration; flame; blaze.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: of immediate import; "burning issues of the day"
      n 1: the act of burning something; "the burning of leaves was
           prohibited by a town ordinance" [syn: burning,
      2: pain that feels hot as if it were on fire [syn: burn,
      3: a process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give
         heat and light [syn: combustion, burning]
      4: execution by electricity [syn: electrocution, burning]
      5: execution by fire [syn: burning, burning at the stake]
      6: a form of torture in which cigarettes or cigars or other hot
         implements are used to burn the victim's skin

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  383 Moby Thesaurus words for "burning":
     abandoned, ablaze, acerb, acerbate, acerbic, acid, acidic,
     acidulent, acidulous, acrimonious, afire, aflame, aflicker, aglow,
     algetic, alight, angry, animal heat, approaching, approximate,
     approximating, ardent, arm-in-arm, baking, beaming, beamy,
     beheading, bitter, blazing, blistering, blood heat, blushing,
     body heat, boiling, boiling over, branding, breathless, bright,
     bright and sunny, bright-hued, brilliant, brisk, broiling, burn,
     burning hot, burning pain, burning with excitement, calcination,
     calefacient, calefactive, calefactory, calidity, caloric, candent,
     candescent, canicular, capital punishment, carbonization, caustic,
     cauterant, cauterization, cautery, chafed, chafing, cheek-by-jowl,
     choleric, cineration, clamant, clamorous, close, coal heat,
     colorful, colory, comburent, combustion, committed, concremation,
     conflagrant, convected heat, cordial, cracking, cremation,
     crucifixion, crying, cupellation, curried, decapitation,
     decollation, dedicated, deep-colored, defenestration, deflagration,
     delirious, destructive distillation, devoted, devout, dire,
     distillation, distilling, drunk, earnest, ebullient, electric heat,
     electrocution, embittered, emphatic, enthusiastic, estral, estrous,
     estrual, excited, exciting, execution, exigent, exotic, exuberant,
     faithful, febrile, fervent, fervid, festering, fever, fever heat,
     fevered, feverish, feverous, fiery, fire, flagrant, flaming,
     flaring, flashing, flashy, flickering, flushed, flushing,
     fulgurant, fulgurating, fuming, funeral pile, fusillade, galled,
     garrote, gas heat, gassing, gay, gay-colored, gleaming, gleamy,
     glinting, glowing, gorgeous, grilling, guttering, hand-in-hand,
     hanging, hearty, heat, heated, heatedness, heating, hectic,
     hemlock, het up, high-colored, high-seasoned, hot, hot as fire,
     hot as hell, hot as pepper, hot-air heat, hot-blooded, hotness,
     hyperpyretic, hyperthermic, hypothermia, ignescent, ignited,
     illuminant, impassioned, imperative, importunate, in a blaze,
     in a fever, in a glow, in earnest, in flames, in heat, in must,
     in rut, incalescence, incandescent, incineration, induction heat,
     inflamed, instant, intense, intent, intent on, intimate,
     intoxicated, irradiative, irritated, judicial murder, keen,
     kindled, lamping, lapidation, light as day, lighted,
     like a furnace, like an oven, live, lively, living, loyal,
     luciferous, lucific, luciform, luminant, luminative, luminiferous,
     luminificent, luminous, lustrous, meteoric, molecular heat, must,
     musty, near, near the mark, nearing, nearish, necktie party, nigh,
     nighish, nippy, oil heat, on fire, orient, overheated, overwarm,
     oxidation, oxidization, parching, passionate, peppery, perfervid,
     piping hot, poisoning, propinque, provoking, proximal, proximate,
     pyre, pyretic, pyrolysis, racy, radiant, radiant heat, raging,
     rancorous, rankled, rankling, raw, red, red-hot,
     reduction to ashes, reeking, refining, resentful, resenting,
     resolute, rich, rich-colored, roasting, rutilant, rutilous,
     rutting, ruttish, rutty, scalding, scintillant, scintillating,
     scorching, scorification, searing, seasoned, seething,
     self-immolation, sensitive, serious, sexually excited, shining,
     shiny, shooting, side-by-side, simmering, sincere, singeing,
     sizzling, sizzling hot, smart, smarting, smelting, smoking,
     smoking hot, smoldering, snappy, solar heat, sore, sparking,
     spiced, spicy, spirited, splenetic, starbright, starlike, starry,
     steam heat, steaming, steamy, stewing, stimulating, sting,
     stinging, stirring, stoning, strangling, strangulation, streaming,
     sudorific, suffused, sunny, sunshiny, superheat, superheatedness,
     suttee, sweating, sweaty, sweltering, sweltry, tangy, tender,
     the ax, the block, the chair, the gallows, the gas chamber,
     the guillotine, the hot seat, the rope, the stake,
     thermal radiation, thermogenesis, tingle, tingling, toasting,
     torrid, ultraviolet heat, unextinguished, unquenched, unrestrained,
     urgent, urtication, vehement, vesication, vicinal, vigorous,
     violent, virulent, vivid, warm, warming, warmness, warmth,
     white-hot, with a kick, withering, zealous, zestful, zesty,

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  BURNING. Vide Accident; Arson; Fire, accidental. 

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