Burning vs Afire - What's the difference?

burning | afire | Synonyms |

Burning is a synonym of afire.

As adjectives the difference between burning and afire

is that burning is so hot as to seem to burn (something) while afire is on fire.

As a verb burning

is .

As a noun burning

is the act by which something burns or is burned.




  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • So hot as to seem to burn (something).
  • *{{quote-book, year=1892, author=(James Yoxall)
  • , chapter=5, title= The Lonely Pyramid , passage=The desert storm was riding in its strength; the travellers lay beneath the mastery of the fell simoom. Whirling wreaths and columns of burning wind, rushed around and over them.}}
  • Feeling very hot.
  • Feeling great passion.
  • Consuming; intense; inflaming; exciting; vehement; powerful.
  • * (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • Like a young hound upon a burning scent.


    (en noun)
  • The act by which something burns or is burned.
  • * 1828 , Timothy Flint, The Western Monthly Review (volume 1, page 403)
  • It gives a fine delineation of the burnings of shame, disappointed ambition, and vengeance
  • * 1850 , The Edinburgh Review, Or Critical Journal (volume 91, page 93)
  • The propriety of the dissolution, too, was speedily seen in the improved state of the public peace: for twelve years we hear little of Orange riots, and nothing of such burnings and wreckings as those of Maghera, Maghery, and Annahagh.
  • A fire.
  • The burnings continued all day.




    (en adjective)
  • on fire
  • :* {{quote-book
  • , year=1922 , year_published=2010 , edition=HTML , editor= , author=Edgar Rice Burroughs , title=The Chessmen of Mars , chapter= citation , genre= , publisher=The Gutenberg Project , isbn= , page= , passage=… if I were a young man I should doubtless be willing to set all Barsoom afire to win you,… }}


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