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From Middle English brennen (to burn), from Old English bærnan (to expose to the action of heat, cause to burn, kindle, light, set on fire, cauterize, to cause to give light, lighten, consume by fire, burn, burn up, consume), from Proto-Germanic *brannijaną (to burn), from Proto-Indo-European *bherw-, *bhrew- (to boil, seethe), probably influenced in form by the past participle brend, brent (burnt), or from brand. Cognate with Scots bren, brenn, brend (to burn). More at burn.


brending (uncountable)

  1. (dialectal or obsolete) The act of burning; burning.
    • 1595, William Shakespeare, Locrine:
      From the building to the brending.