Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A rough edge or area remaining on material, such as metal, after it has been cast, cut, or drilled.
  • transitive verb To form a burr on.
  • transitive verb To remove burrs from.
  • noun A washer that fits around the smaller end of a rivet.
  • noun A trilling of the letter r, usually made with the tip of the tongue and characteristic of Scottish speech.
  • noun A buzzing or whirring sound.
  • intransitive verb To pronounce with a burr.
  • intransitive verb To speak with a burr.
  • intransitive verb To make a buzzing or whirring sound.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun etc. See bur, bur, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A prickly seed vessel. See bur, 1.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A broad iron ring on a tilting lance just below the gripe, to prevent the hand from slipping.
  • noun The lobe or lap of the ear.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The knot at the bottom of an antler. See Bur, n., 8.
  • intransitive verb To speak with burr; to make a hoarse or guttural murmur.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A sharp, pointy object, such as a sliver or splinter.
  • noun A bur; a seed pod with sharp features that stick in fur or clothing.
  • noun A small piece of material left on an edge after a cutting operation.
  • noun UK Alternative spelling of burl.
  • noun A rough humming sound.
  • noun A rolled "r".
  • verb transitive To pronounce with a rolled "r".
  • verb intransitive To make a rough humming sound.
  • noun obsolete A metal ring at the top of the hand-rest on a spear.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb remove the burrs from
  • noun rough projection left on a workpiece after drilling or cutting
  • noun seed vessel having hooks or prickles
  • noun rotary file for smoothing rough edges left on a workpiece
  • noun 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)
  • noun small bit used in dentistry or surgery

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Variant of bur.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English burre, ring, disk, alteration of burwhe, circle, disk.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Imitative.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English burre, perhaps from Old English byrst ("bristle"), from Old Norse

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From burl

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(onomatopoeia), influenced by bur

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Origin uncertain.

Examples

  • I came to bed to sleep, and every time I'm dozing off nicely and comfortably you begin _burr, burr, burr_, and I can't understand you a bit. "

    Glyn Severn's Schooldays

  • By Valleys Mam, at Fri Nov 02, 07:06:00 PM anon - I find no similarity between the accents of Montgomeryshire and there is the world of difference between Llanfair Caereinion and Newtown and what you call the burr used the English side of Offa's Dyke.

    Whats in a name

  • The name burr clover has doubtless arisen from the closely coiled seed pod, which, being covered with curved prickles, adhere to wool more or less as burrs do.

    Clovers and How to Grow Them

  • The burr is an excrescence of would-be buds rising from somewhere deep inside the tree like a spring.

    Wildwood

  • The burr is an excrescence of would-be buds rising from somewhere deep inside the tree like a spring.

    Wildwood

  • They find that the burr is a little basket filled with seeds.

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study

  • There were two roses of similar quality, one that detestable mockery known as the burr-rose.

    Aunt Jane of Kentucky

  • Southern California has a troublesome burr, which is not found north of Sacramento, except on the lower lands.

    Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands

  • Other kinds of grinders are known as burr grinders, use-grinding wheels.

    xml's Blinklist.com

  • England has a wonderful variety of accents, - as we do, and I love that Geordie 'burr'.

    Tamil pulp

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  • Interesting that the verb - v. To remove burrs from - is the same as the noun. In most cases in English you need a de- or un- or other suitable negative prefix added to the root noun to make a verb with negative polarity.

    July 23, 2012