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English adjective: burning

1. burning of immediate import

SamplesBurning issues of the day.

Similarimportant, of import


English noun: burning

1. burning (act) the act of burning something

SamplesThe burning of leaves was prohibited by a town ordinance.


Broader (hypernym)change of integrity

Narrower (hyponym)arson, fire-raising, firing, ignition, incendiarism, incineration, inflammation, kindling, lighting

2. burning (state) pain that feels hot as if it were on fire


Broader (hypernym)hurting, pain

3. burning (process) a process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give heat and light


Broader (hypernym)oxidation, oxidisation, oxidization

Narrower (hyponym)deflagration, fire, flame, flaming, internal combustion

4. burning (act) execution by electricity


Broader (hypernym)capital punishment, death penalty, executing, execution

5. burning (act) execution by fire

Synonymsburning at the stake

Broader (hypernym)capital punishment, death penalty, executing, execution

Narrower (hyponym)auto-da-fe

6. burning (act) a form of torture in which cigarettes or cigars or other hot implements are used to burn the victim's skin

Broader (hypernym)torture, torturing

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