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midnight

  

      n  
1   
a    the middle of the night; 12 o'clock at night  
b    (as modifier)  
the midnight hour     
2    burn the midnight oil          to work or study late into the night  
  midnightly      adj, adv  
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burn   [1]  
      vb   , burns, burning, burnt, burned  
1    to undergo or cause to undergo combustion  
2    to destroy or be destroyed by fire  
3    tr   to damage, injure, or mark by heat  
he burnt his hand, she was burnt by the sun     
4    to die or put to death by fire  
to burn at the stake     
5    intr   to be or feel hot  
my forehead burns     
6    to smart or cause to smart  
brandy burns one's throat     
7    intr   to feel strong emotion, esp. anger or passion  
8    tr   to use for the purposes of light, heat, or power  
to burn coal     
9    tr   to form by or as if by fire  
to burn a hole     
10    to char or become charred  
the potatoes are burning in the saucepan     
11    tr   to brand or cauterize  
12    tr   to cut (metal) with an oxygen-rich flame  
13    to produce by or subject to heat as part of a process  
to burn charcoal     
14      (Astronomy)   to convert (a lighter element) to a heavier one by nuclear fusion in a star  
to burn hydrogen     
15      (Cards)     (chiefly Brit)   to discard or exchange (one or more useless cards)  
16    tr; usually passive  
Informal   to cheat, esp. financially  
17    Slang     (chiefly U.S.)   to electrocute or be electrocuted  
18    tr     (Austral)  
slang   to drive fast (esp. in the phrase go for a burn)  
19    burn one's bridges or boats   to commit oneself to a particular course of action with no possibility of turning back  
20    burn the candle at both ends      See       candle       3  
21    burn one's fingers   to suffer from having meddled or been rash  
      n  
22    an injury caused by exposure to heat, electrical, chemical, or radioactive agents. Burns are classified according to the depth of tissue affected: first-degree burn: skin surface painful and red; second-degree burn: blisters appear on the skin; third-degree burn: destruction of both epidermis and dermis  
23    a mark, e.g. on wood, caused by burning  
24    a controlled use of rocket propellant, esp. for a course correction  
25    a hot painful sensation in a muscle, experienced during vigorous exercise  
go for the burn!     
26      (Austral. and N.Z.)   a controlled fire to clear an area of scrub  
27    Slang   tobacco or a cigarette,   (See also)        burn in       burn off       burn out  
     (Old English beornan (intr), bærnan (tr); related to Old Norse brenna (tr or intr), Gothic brinnan (intr), Latin fervere to boil, seethe)  

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burn

  
1    be ablaze, be on fire, blaze, flame, flare, flash, flicker, glow, go up in flames, smoke  
2    brand, calcine, char, ignite, incinerate, kindle, light, parch, reduce to ashes, scorch, sear, set on fire, shrivel, singe, toast, wither  
3    bite, hurt, pain, smart, sting, tingle  
4    be angry, be aroused, be excited, be inflamed, be passionate, blaze, desire, fume, seethe, simmer, smoulder, yearn  
5    consume, eat up, expend, use  

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See also:

burn, burn in, burn off, burn out

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
v.
used for saying that you think someone is spending too much money on things they do not need
n.
1) Light sesame seed oil 2) Sesame seeds from Hindi jingali
n.
A moulding commonly used in framing oil paintings. The liner is fixed inside the frame and appears between the image and the outer frame. Generally made out of wood or some other hard material, the liner may have fabric glued down to it. Liners are to canvases what a mat/mount is to a print on paper
[Artwork framing] Polystyrene or wood liner. Fabric-covered liner. Linen liner. Gold liner.

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