a tool that can cut through steel leaving a smooth edge and no burrs
heard the burr of a distant engine Verb
the pitch burred past the batter's ear
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Our pros were impressed with the OXO burr grinder in our tests.—Jamie Kim, Good Housekeeping, 14 Dec. 2022 But in Jamie Lloyd’s heart-racing production, even spoken soliloquies felt like impromptu arias; with his neck-tingling burr, McAvoy was ravishing.—Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times, 5 Dec. 2022 Flat-burr grinders are more consistent and stay cleaner.—Gear Team, Wired, 13 July 2022 Alithea has an accent, too, which is most definitely determinate in origin, being a Scottish burr.—Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Aug. 2022 At the climbing gym, young Elliot brings out one of these electric burr devices between burns on the Kilter Board and calmly tends to calluses on his palms and fingers.—Alison Osius, Outside Online, 22 Aug. 2022 The rock could be as minor as a burr on a blade, but if it wasn’t eliminated or moved out of the way, the entire manufacturing process could be compromised.—Lance Knight, Forbes, 13 June 2022 The soup that results is magnificently subtle, playing the delicate, fresh springlike taste of asparagus off the satisfying umami burr of the shiitake mushrooms.—Tribune News Service, cleveland, 6 June 2022 This second book in the series features an ADHD heroine grappling with the messiness of her life and a silver fox swordmaker with a Scottish burr designed to give you chills.—Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 25 Mar. 2022 See More
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Middle English burre; akin to Old English byrst bristle — more at bristle