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▪ Nurses on these units have a high rate of burnout.
▪ Young boys recruited at an early age by soccer clubs often suffer from burnout before they're out of their teens.
▪ I tell this story to illustrate how severe burnout can get.
▪ Living constantly in a nightmare frequently leads to severe burnout.
▪ Political polling is an extremely difficult job, and there is a high rate of burnout.
▪ They also can suffer from burnout.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also burn-out, "drug user," by 1972, slang, from the verbal phrase, from burn (v.) + out (adv.). Meaning "mental exhaustion from continuous effort" is from 1975.


n. 1 Using the throttle to spin the wheels of a vehicle being held stationary, causing the spinning tires to produce smoke and burn rubber. 2 (context US slang English) A marijuana addict; one whose brains have been burned out. 3 (context psychology English) The experience of long-term exhaustion and diminished interest, especially in one's career.

Burnout (video game)

Burnout is a racing game that was developed by Criterion Games and published by Acclaim Entertainment. It was released for the PlayStation 2 in North America on 1 November 2001 and in Europe on 16 November 2001. The GameCube and Xbox versions were released a year later in North America on 29 April 2002 and in Europe on 3 May 2002.

Burnout was the first in a series of high-speed racing games noted for over the top crashes and high risk gameplay mechanics. The game's success led to several sequels.

Burnout (vehicle)

thumb|upright=1.35| Pontiac Trans Am burnout with line locks.

A burnout (also known as a peel out or power brake) is the practice of keeping a vehicle stationary and spinning its wheels, causing the tires to heat up and smoke due to friction.


Burnout or burn-out may refer to:

  • Occupational burnout, characterized by exhaustion, cynicism, and reduced professional efficacy within the workplace
  • Burnout (vehicle), when a vehicle's tires are spun so they smoke
  • Burnout (ride), a Funfields amusement ride in Australia
  • "Burn Out" (song), a 1983 song by Sipho Mabuse
  • "Burnout", a song by Green Day from their 1994 album Dookie
  • Burnout (comics), a fictional Wildstorm character
  • Burnout (album), a 2009 album by Canadian band Ox
  • Burn Out (album), a 1998 album by Christian pop punk band Slick Shoes
  • Burnout (Anarbor album), 2013 album by alternative rock band Anarbor
  • Burnout (series), a racing game series created by UK company Criterion Games, with a notable emphasis on dangerous driving and crashes
    • Burnout (video game), the first game of the same series
  • "Burn Out" (CSI), an episode from the seventh season of the television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • Burn Out (G.I. Joe), a fictional character in the G.I. Joe universe, member of the Dreadnoks
  • Burnout (clothing), devoré, a fabric technique particularly used on velvets
Burnout (comics)

Robert "Bobby" Lane is the fictional superheroBurnout from Wildstorm Comics. He is best known as a member of the controversial superhero team Gen¹³.

Burnout (series)

Burnout is a series of high-speed racing games for the PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 game consoles. A Microsoft Windows version of the latest installment in the series Burnout Paradise, was also released. The game series was developed by Criterion Games and published by Acclaim Entertainment for the first two games and later Electronic Arts from the third game onwards. Burnout and Burnout 2: Point of Impact received critical acclaim and a large fanbase in Europe, as well as an underground following in the US. It was not until the release of Burnout 3: Takedown that the series gained mass appeal to US players. In April 2013, Alex Ward said that Criterion was steering away from the racing genre, placing the future of the series into question (though it was likely to be officially over as of 2016).

Burnout (ride)

Burnout is a Chance Rides Trabant amusement ride at Funfields. It was originally located at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast from 1983 until 2012 where it was known as the Roulette and Stingray. The ride was rethemed and relocated to Funfields in time for an opening on 23 November 2012.

Burnout (Anarbor album)

Burnout is the second studio album by alternative rock band Anarbor released by Hopeless Records. It was released on June 4, 2013. It peaked at #40 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. This was the last album to include guitarist Mike Kitlas and drummer Greg Garrity before their departure from the band in 2013.

Burnout (album)

Burnout is the third album by Canadian band Ox, released in 2009. The album was released by Weewerk with distribution by Outside Music. It was recorded in Vancouver at The Upstairs Sound Lab/Profile during the Winter season of 2007. The record reached #5 across Canada on the campus radio Earshot chart and #1 on its Folk/Roots chart.

The CD edition includes two video productions by John Alden Milne for the songs "Prom Queen" and "Unknown Legend". Both videos were filmed in Sudbury, Canada. "Unknown Legend" featured the interior of what is now Cosmic Dave's Vinyl Emporium, a record store and venue in the Donovan neighbourhood of Sudbury.

Usage examples of "burnout".

Laskey called up more screens at his station, then said with shock, "Dilithium burnout, sir.

But if burnout is common, then what about those cases in which burnout does not occur?

In recent decades, however, they have not published much, so I can’t honestly deny burnout in their cases.

In recent decades, however, they have not published much, so I can honestly deny burnout in their cases.

Beyond burnout: Helping teachers, nurses, therapists, & lawyers recover from stress and disillusionment .

Women's burnout: How to spot it, how to reverse it, how to prevent it .

Louis team had started off strong with Cox and Bingham taking home in the first two innings and Caruso stealing home during a stumble by the Cubs' Kelso, but by the end of the fifth the old Cards curse of early burnout set in when a rookie dropped a base hit, which the Cards screwed up in catching and thus let two Cubbies run home.

  The first stage had separated, and the Countdown clock was recycling for the second-stage burnout and jettison.

For that matter, she must be riding the ragged edge of compensator burnout to maintain her present acceleration with a freighter's drive!

By setting the drive down to 42,500 gravities, time to burnout can be extended to 180 seconds, producing a maximum powered engagement range of 6,755,000 kilometers and a terminal velocity of 75,000 KPS.

Thus far the dissidents—contemptuously called Burnouts by the City-dwellers—have been content to leave Mandala City and found their own commune-like “kingdoms.

Rising tensions between the Burnouts and the City dwellers have spurred development of weapons, formation of a militia, and pressure for a pre-emptive strike against the Burnouts from the more hawkish factions of the Mandala City government.

No surprise, as his father, Paul, is a preacher of Symmology, respected by the City dwellers and tolerated by the Burnouts, with whom he does missionary work.

It's his transceiver that enables him to talk to God, and, as all the various plots unfold—City versus Earthies, City versus Burnouts, Burnouts versus Earthies—God sees all, and God talks back.

It also has some loving descriptions of interesting science (Wharton is a physicist), a few puzzles to chew on along the way (what are the Burnouts up to?