Burnout



a fire that is totally destructive of something.
Also, burn-out. fatigue, frustration, or apathy resulting from prolonged stress, overwork, or intense activity.
Rocketry.

the termination of effective combustion in a rocket engine, due to exhaustion of propellant.
the end of the powered portion of a rocket’s flight.

Electricity. the breakdown of a lamp, motor, or other electrical device due to the heat created by the current flowing through it.
Contemporary Examples

Study Says Doctors More Burned Out Than Others, But It’s Not Really a Malady Kent Sepkowitz August 22, 2012
Study Says Doctors More Burned Out Than Others, But It’s Not Really a Malady Kent Sepkowitz August 22, 2012
Meet America’s Overworked Caregivers Gail Sheehy April 29, 2010
Study Says Doctors More Burned Out Than Others, But It’s Not Really a Malady Kent Sepkowitz August 22, 2012

Historical Examples

The Trouble with Telstar John Berryman
Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith

n.

Total and incapacitating exhaustion; inability to go on •The term apparently originated among psychotherapists, describing their own overstressed condition: Many report lawyer burnout after two or three years in practice/ high rate of teacher burnout (1970s+)
Boredom; apathy; satiation •The currency of this and the previous sense is due to the various narcotics users’ meanings of burn out: I feared polka burnout, but it never happened. I became a polkaholic (1970s+)
(also burn) A user or abuser of drugs, liquor, etc: There are two groups in my school, the jocks and burn-outs. The burn-outs smoke and take pills and drink/ except for the long hairs (or ”burns,” short for ”burnouts”) who hang out on the steps and smoke (1970s+ Teenagers)
A very high-speed hot-rod race (1950s+ Hot rodders)
An informal match where players try to throw a baseball so hard that it cannot be caught without undue pain
The point where a rocket or missile has exhausted its fuel (1950s+ Astronautics)

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