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burr

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noun \ˈbər\

Definition of burr

  1. 1 usually bur a :  a rough or prickly envelope of a fruitb :  a plant that bears burs

  2. 2a :  something that sticks or clings a burr in the throatb :  hanger-on

  3. 3 :  an irregular rounded mass; especially :  a tree burl

  4. 4 :  a thin ridge or area of roughness produced in cutting or shaping metal

  5. 5a :  a trilled uvular \r\ as used by some speakers of English especially in northern England and in Scotlandb :  a tongue-point trill that is the usual Scottish \r\

  6. 6a :  a small rotary cutting toolb usually bur :  a bit used on a dental drill

  7. 7 :  a rough humming sound :  whir

burred

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Examples of burr in a sentence

  1. a tool that can cut through steel leaving a smooth edge and no burrs

  2. heard the burr of a distant engine

Origin and Etymology of burr

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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burr

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Definition of burr

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to speak with a burr

  3. 2 :  to make a whirring sound

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to pronounce with a burr

  6. 2a :  to form into a projecting edgeb :  to remove burrs from

burrer

noun

Examples of burr in a sentence

  1. the pitch burred past the batter's ear

1798

First Known Use of burr

1798


Burr

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biographical name \ˈbər\

Definition of Burr

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



BURR Defined for English Language Learners

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burr

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noun \ˈbər\

Definition of burr for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BURR Defined for Kids

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Definition of burr for Students

  1. variant of bur


Medical Dictionary

burr

Medical Definition of burr

variant of bur


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