1. [ adjective ] producing or having a painfully hot sensation

"begged for water to soothe his burning throat"

Related terms: painful
2. [ adjective ] intensely hot

"a burning fever" "the burning sand"

Related terms: hot
3. [ noun ] the act of burning something
Synonyms: combustion

"the burning of leaves was prohibited by a town ordinance"

Related terms: change_of_integrity arson ignition incineration burn
4. [ adjective ] characterized by intense emotion
Synonyms: impassioned fervent fiery ardent perfervid torrid fervid

"ardent love" "an ardent lover" "a burning enthusiasm" "a fervent desire to change society" "a fervent admirer" "fiery oratory" "an impassioned appeal" "a torrid love affair"

Related terms: passionate
5. [ adjective ] lighted up by or as by fire or flame
Synonyms: blazing flaming aflare afire on_fire alight aflame ablaze

"forests set ablaze (or afire) by lightning" "even the car's tires were aflame" "candles alight on the tables" "blazing logs in the fireplace" "a burning cigarette" "a flaming crackling fire" "houses on fire"

Related terms: lighted
6. [ adjective ] of immediate import

"burning issues of the day"

Related terms: important
7. [ noun ] (medicine) pain that feels hot as if it were on fire
Synonyms: burn
Related terms: pain burn
8. [ noun ] (chemistry) a process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give heat and light
Synonyms: combustion
Related terms: oxidation fire internal_combustion deflagration burn
9. [ adjective ] consuming fuel; used in combination

"coal-burning (or wood-burning) stoves"

Related terms: fueled
10. [ noun ] (electricity,criminal law) execution by electricity
Synonyms: electrocution
Related terms: execution electrocute
11. [ noun ] execution by fire
Synonyms: burning_at_the_stake
Related terms: execution auto-da-fe
Similar spelling:   Burningham