from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A rough edge or area remaining on material, such as metal, after it has been cast, cut, or drilled.
- n. Variant of bur1.
- transitive v. To form a burr on.
- transitive v. To remove burrs from.
- n. A trilling of the letter r, usually made with the tip of the tongue and characteristic of Scottish speech.
- n. A buzzing or whirring sound.
- transitive v. To pronounce with a burr.
- intransitive v. To speak with a burr.
- intransitive v. To make a buzzing or whirring sound.
- n. A washer that fits around the smaller end of a rivet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sharp, pointy object, such as a sliver or splinter.
- n. A bur; a seed pod with sharp features that stick in fur or clothing.
- n. A small piece of material left on an edge after a cutting operation.
- n. A rough humming sound.
- n. A rolled "r".
- v. To pronounce with a rolled "r".
- v. To make a rough humming sound.
- n. A metal ring at the top of the hand-rest on a spear.
- n. Alternative spelling of burl.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A prickly seed vessel. See bur, 1.
- n. The thin edge or ridge left by a tool in cutting or shaping metal, as in turning, engraving, pressing, etc.; also, the rough neck left on a bullet in casting.
- n. A thin flat piece of metal, formed from a sheet by punching; a small washer put on the end of a rivet before it is swaged down.
- n. A broad iron ring on a tilting lance just below the gripe, to prevent the hand from slipping.
- n. The lobe or lap of the ear.
- n. A guttural pronounciation of the letter r, produced by trilling the extremity of the soft palate against the back part of the tongue; rotacism; -- often called the Newcastle burr, Northumberland burr, or Tweedside burr.
- n. The knot at the bottom of an antler. See Bur, n., 8.
- intransitive v. To speak with burr; to make a hoarse or guttural murmur.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. etc. See bur, bur, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. remove the burrs from
- n. rough projection left on a workpiece after drilling or cutting
- n. seed vessel having hooks or prickles
- n. rotary file for smoothing rough edges left on a workpiece
- n. United States politician who served as vice president under Jefferson; he mortally wounded his political rival Alexander Hamilton in a duel and fled south (1756-1836)
- n. small bit used in dentistry or surgery
Variant of bur1.
Middle English burre, ring, disk, alteration of burwhe, circle, disk.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English burre, perhaps from Old English byrst ("bristle"), from Old Norse (Wiktionary)
(onomatopoeia), influenced by bur (Wiktionary)
Origin uncertain. (Wiktionary)
From burl (Wiktionary)