Meaning of “burner” in the English Dictionary

"burner" in English

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burnernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbɜː.nər/ us /ˈbɝː.nɚ/

burner noun [ C ] (PHONE)

informal also burner phone a mobile phone without a contract, that is typically only used for a short time and then thrown away, for example when you do not want people to have information about you:

Prepaid phones known colloquially as "burners" can provide you with partial privacy.

Examples from literature

  • On coming into it Claude had turned out the electric burner. 
  • The globe was cracked, and the incandescent burner was broken. 
  • The simmering burner should be used for this cooking. 
  • We had two small kerosene stoves with Primus burners. 
  • Wipe the burner and any other part of the lamp that may be oily. 

(Definition of “burner” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"burner" in American English

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burnernoun [ C ]

us /ˈbɜr·nər/

anything that produces controlled flames for cooking, or heat for a building

(Definition of “burner” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)