burr


1burr

noun \ˈbər\

: a rough covering of a nut or seed

: a rough area on a piece of metal that is left after the metal is cut

: a strong way of pronouncing r that is used by some speakers of English especially in northern England and in Scotland

Full Definition of BURR

1
usually bur
a :  a rough or prickly envelope of a fruit
b :  a plant that bears burs
2
a :  something that sticks or clings <a burr in the throat>
b :  hanger-on
3
:  an irregular rounded mass; especially :  a tree burl
4
:  a thin ridge or area of roughness produced in cutting or shaping metal
5
a :  a trilled uvular \r\ as used by some speakers of English especially in northern England and in Scotland
b :  a tongue-point trill that is the usual Scottish \r\
6
a :  a small rotary cutting tool
b usually bur :  a bit used on a dental drill
7
:  a rough humming sound :  whir
burred \ˈbərd\ adjective

Examples of BURR

  1. a tool that can cut through steel leaving a smooth edge and no burrs
  2. <heard the burr of a distant engine>

Origin of BURR

Middle English burre; akin to Old English byrst bristle — more at bristle
First Known Use: 14th century

2burr

verb

Definition of BURR

intransitive verb
1
:  to speak with a burr
2
:  to make a whirring sound
transitive verb
1
:  to pronounce with a burr
2
a :  to form into a projecting edge
b :  to remove burrs from
burr·er noun

Examples of BURR

  1. <the pitch burred past the batter's ear>

First Known Use of BURR

1798

Burr

biographical name \ˈbər\

Definition of BURR

Aaron 1756–1836 3d vice pres. of the United States (1801–05)

burr

   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BURR

variant of bur

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