1. That burns; being on fire; excessively hot; fiery.

2. Consuming; intense; inflaming; exciting; vehement; powerful; as, burning zeal. "Like a young hound upon a burning scent.

<botany>" (Dryden) Burning bush, an ornamental shrub (Euonymus atropurpureus), bearing a crimson berry.

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. Burning fluid, any volatile illuminating oil, as the lighter petroleums (naphtha, benzine), or oil of turpentine (camphine), but especially. A mixture of the latter with alcohol. Burning glass, a conxex lens of considerable size, used for producing an intense heat by converging the sun's rays to a focus.

<chemistry> Burning house, 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.

Synonyms: Combustion, fire, conflagration, flame, blaze.

(01 Mar 1998)