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An act of love that fails is just as much a part of the divine life as an act of love that succeeds, for love is measured by fullness, not by reception.
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English

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Etymology 1

From Old English birnan, beornan and Old Norse brenna (to burn, light).

Noun

Singular
burn

Plural
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burn ({{{1}}})
  1. A physical injury caused by heat or caustic chemicals.
    She had second-degree burns from falling in the bonfire.
  2. The act of burning something.
    They’re doing a controlled burn of the fields.
  3. Physical sensation in the muscles following strenuous exercise, caused by build-up of lactic acid.
    One and, two and, keep moving; feel the burn!
  4. (slang) An intense non-physical sting, as left by an effective insult.
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Verb

Infinitive
to burn

Third person singular
burns

Simple past
burnt or burned

Past participle
-

Present participle
burning

to burn (third-person singular simple present burns, present participle burning, simple past and past participle burnt or burned)
  1. (intransitive) To be consumed by fire, or at least in flames.
    He watched the house burn.
  2. (intransitive) To become overheated so as to make unusable.
    The grill was too hot and the steak was burned.
  3. (intransitive) To feel hot, e.g. due to embarrassment.
    Her cheeks burned with shame.
  4. (intransitive) To sunburn.
    She forgot to put on sunscreen and burned.
  5. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To accidentally touch a moving stone.
  6. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To cause to be consumed by fire.
    He burned his manuscript in the fireplace.
  7. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To overheat so as to make unusable.
    He burned the toast.
  8. (transitive) To injure (a person or animal) with heat or caustic chemicals.
    She burned the child with an iron, and was put in jail for ten years.
  9. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To betray.
    The informant burned him.
  10. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To write data to a permanent storage medium like a compact disc or a ROM chip.
    We’ll burn this program onto an E-PROM one hour before the demo begins.
  11. (transitive) To waste (time).
    We have an hour to burn.
  12. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To insult or defeat.
    I just burned you again.
  13. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) In pontoon, to swap a pair of cards for another pair. Also to deal a dead card.
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Etymology 2

From Old English born, burne (spring, fountain).

Noun

Singular
burn

Plural
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burn ({{{1}}})
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A stream.
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Etymology 3

From Old English, cognate with [[w:Template:lang:de language|Template:lang:de]][[Category:Template:lang:de derivations]] Brunne (well).

Noun

Singular
burn

Plural
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burn ({{{1}}})
  1. brook, rivulet
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References

  • "burn" in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001
  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967
  • Northumberland Words, English Dialect Society, R. Oliver Heslop, 1893-4[1]

Scots

Noun

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Singular
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Plural
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  1. A small river.

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