(Burn"ie) n. [See 4th Burn.] A small brook. [Scot.] Burns.
(Bur"nie*bee`) n. The ladybird. [Prov. Eng.]
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. Burning bush (Bot.), an ornamental shrub bearing a crimson berry.
Burning fluid, any volatile illuminating oil, as the lighter petroleums or oil of turpentine 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
(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.
Syn. Combustion; fire; conflagration; flame; blaze.
(Bur"nish) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Burnished ; p. pr. & vb. n. Burnishing.] [OE. burnischen,
burnissen, burnen, OF. burnir, brunir, to make brown, polish, F. brunir, fr. F. brun brown, fr. OHG.
brn; cf. MHG. briunen to make brown, polish. See Brown, a.] To cause to shine; to make smooth and
bright; to polish; specifically, to polish by rubbing with something hard and smooth; as, to burnish brass or
The frame of burnished steel, that east a glare
From far, and seemed to thaw the freezing air.
Now the village windows blaze, Burnishing machine, a machine for smoothing and polishing by compression, as in making paper
Burnished by the setting sun.
(Bur"nish), v. i. To shine forth; to brighten; to become smooth and glossy, as from swelling or
filling out; hence, to grow large.
A slender poet must have time to grow,
And spread and burnish as his brothers do.
My thoughts began to burnish, sprout, and swell.
(Bur"nish), n. The effect of burnishing; gloss; brightness; luster. Crashaw.
1. One who burnishes.
2. A tool with a hard, smooth, rounded end or surface, as of steel, ivory, or agate, used in smoothing or
polishing by rubbing. It has a variety of forms adapted to special uses.
(Bur"noose, Bur"nous) n. [Ar. burnus a kind of high-crowned cap: cf. F. bournous, burnous,
Sp. al-bornoz, a sort of upper garment, with a hood attached.]
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