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    Default Looking for a technical term

    I am looking for a technical term to express the occassion that a flame of burner problematically goes out. Is "flame off" or "flame out" right phrase?
    Please sombody teach me, Thanks!

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    Default Re: Looking for a technical term

    I never hear 'flame off' at all.
    I hear 'flame out' used only for jet engines that go out in flight.
    For a burner, stove, pilot light, etc., the usual expression is 'flame goes out'.
    In your case I would just say 'the flame keeps going out' or 'the flame won't stay lit'.

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    Default Re: Looking for a technical term

    Dear Fizi,

    Thank you very much for teaching me the term. If it is nominalized, it should be 'going out of flame', shouldn't it?

    Novi (from Osaka, Japan)

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    Default Re: Looking for a technical term

    Quote Originally Posted by Novi
    Dear Fizi,

    Thank you very much for teaching me the term. If it is nominalized, it should be 'going out of flame', shouldn't it?

    Novi (from Osaka, Japan)
    No - the flame goes out or you extinguish the flame/fire; use going out as in "going out of business"

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    Default Re: Looking for a technical term

    Dear twostep,

    Thank you for instruction. Then... may I know a suitable nominal term to express 'flame goes out'?

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    Default Re: Looking for a technical term

    What about the term 'extinction', Novi?

    Here are some definitions that can help you:
    The attenuation of light.
    www.novalynx.com/glossary-e.html

    the act of extinguishing; causing to stop burning; "the extinction of the lights"
    wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

    Good luck

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    Default Re: Looking for a technical term

    Thanks, Curious Cat!

    But, "extinction of flame" may suggest that flame is extinguished on purpose by turning burner off.
    I look for a term to express "flame goes out problematically" because of gas running out, shortage in supplying air, etc.

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    Default Re: Looking for a technical term

    Oh I don't really think there's a special term for it... You may probably ask some experts in specialised forums...
    If terminological precision is not very important for you, use something like "a burner failure" or "flame failure", why not.

    CC

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    Default Re: Looking for a technical term

    Additionally, what about?

    EX: The flame/burner went out.
    Cf. The candle when out.

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