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  • v. Present participle of burl.


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  • The break in the wall was called by burling muskrats.

    CNN Transcript Jun 28, 2008

  • Besides attending to the duties of her household like an exemplary wife, she was often engaged in her own house _burling_ cloth for the manufacturers, by which means she earned a scanty addition to their income.

    Little Abe Or, The Bishop of Berry Brow

  • = Every knot that has been tied in the threads during winding, dressing, beaming, and weaving, must be looked for and felt for during burling, carefully drawn to the surface of the cloth, and then clipped off with the scissors, leaving the ends long enough so that no space without a thread will occur.

    Textiles For Commercial, Industrial, and Domestic Arts Schools; Also Adapted to Those Engaged in Wholesale and Retail Dry Goods, Wool, Cotton, and Dressmaker's Trades

  • For this reason she placed me in the burling department, where I worked that morning so that I might see the type of mistake which should be avoided by the weavers.

    Excerpt from "Deposition of Justine Wise, City of New Haven"

  • When the reception was over, old Hector took charge of the homely games and athletic contests, and the day's delights culminated in a log-burling contest in the Skookum, in which the young laird participated.

    Kindred of the Dust

  • In the old days in the Michigan woods, when burling was considered a magnificent art of the lumberjack, he had been a champion, and for five minutes he spun his log until the water foamed, crossing and recrossing the river and winning the contest unanimously.

    Kindred of the Dust

  • California studying the burling owl, a threatened species that is thriving in this part of California.

    MSDN Blogs

  • So until we have hurricanes burling their way down Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago, Americans will continue to sit in front of their TV’s and watch American Idol.

    Failing to Deliver a Jolt on Global Warming - The Lede Blog -

  • It sets out with the principle, that everything that deteriorates manufactured articles does evil, continuing: 'And forasmuch as in many parts of this realm is newly and lately devised, erected, builded, and used, certain mills called gig-mills, for the perching and burling of cloth, by reason whereof the true drapery of this realm is wonderfully impaired, and the cloth thereof deceitfully made by reason of the using of the said gig-mills' -- and so provisions follow for their suppression.

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 443 Volume 17, New Series, June 26, 1852


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