burr

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noun

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
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 adjective

burr

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verb

burred; burring; burrs

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
burrer noun

Examples of burr in a Sentence

Noun 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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Instead of going all Edward Scissorhands on your beans, a burr grinder breaks them down into a consistent, sandy pile by methodically rotating them against an abrasive surface, resulting in a better ground coffee and ultimately, a better cup of coffee. Emily Farris, Bon Appétit, 17 July 2024 For those that aren’t aware, burl (also known as burr) is the result of a deformity that typically appears on the trunk or branch of a tree when it’s stressed from an injury or infection—the knots are just bud tissue that hasn’t sprouted into foliage or blossomed into a beautiful twig. Sydney Gore, Architectural Digest, 11 July 2024 Find it on Amazon This Burr Coffee Grinder Brings Perfection Grind your coffee beans to perfection with the Technivorm Moccamaster burr coffee grinder. Kristi Arnold, Rolling Stone, 10 July 2024 Use the brush provided with the machine (or a bottle brush) to clean the upper burr, lower burr, and ground coffee chute. Gemma Johnstone, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for burr 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English burre; akin to Old English byrst bristle — more at bristle

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1798, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of burr was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Burr.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burr. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

burr

noun
ˈbər
1
usually bur
ˈbər
a
: a rough or prickly envelope of a fruit
b
: a plant that bears burs
2
: roughness left in cutting or shaping metal
3
usually bur : a bit used on a dentist's drill
4
: a rough trilled \r\ used by some speakers of English especially in northern England and in Scotland
burred
ˈbərd
adjective

Medical Definition

burr

variant of bur

Biographical Definition

Burr

biographical name

Aaron 1756–1836 3rd vice president of the U.S. (1801–05)

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