from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A rough prickly husk or covering surrounding the seeds or fruits of plants such as the chestnut or the burdock.
- n. A plant producing such husks or coverings.
- n. A persistently clinging or nettlesome person or thing.
- n. A rough protuberance, especially a burl on a tree.
- n. Any of various rotary cutting tools designed to be attached to a drill.
- n. Variant of burr2.
- n. Variant of burr3.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A rough, prickly husk around the seeds or fruit of some plants.
- n. Any of several plants having such husks.
- n. A rotary cutting implement having a selection of variously shaped heads.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any rough or prickly envelope of the seeds of plants, whether a pericarp, a persistent calyx, or an involucre, as of the chestnut and burdock; a seed vessel having hooks or prickles. Also, any weed which bears burs.
- n. The thin ridge left by a tool in cutting or shaping metal. See Burr, n., 2.
- n. A ring of iron on a lance or spear. See Burr, n., 4.
- n. The lobe of the ear. See Burr, n., 5.
- n. The sweetbread.
- n. A clinker; a partially vitrified brick.
- n. A small circular saw.
- n. A triangular chisel.
- n. A drill with a serrated head larger than the shank; -- especially a small drill bit used by dentists.
- n. The round knob of an antler next to a deer's head.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The rough, prickly case or covering of the seeds of certain plants, as of the chestnut and burdock.
- n. Hence The plant burdock: as, “rude burs and thistles,”
- n. In general, a protuberance upon, or a raised portion of, an object, usually more or less rough or irregular in form.
- n. The name of various tools and appliances.
- n. A partially vitrified brick; a clinker. Also called bur-brick.
- n. The blank driven out of a piece of sheet-metal by a punch.
- n. Waste raw silk.
- n. A name for the club-moss, Lycopodium clavatum.
- n. The sweetbread.
- n. Same as burl, 2.
- n. Same as burstone.
- n. The rounded knob forming the base of a deer's horn.
- n. The external meatus of the ear; the opening leading to the tympanum.
- n. The guttural pronunciation of the rough r common in some of the northern counties of England, especially Northumberland; rhotacism.
- n. A whirring noise. See birr, n.
- To speak with a guttural or rough pronunciation of the letter r.
- To talk or whisper hoarsely; murmur.
- To make a whirring noise. See birr, verb
- n. Same as burrow, 3.
- n. A halo round the moon. Compare burrow, 4, brough, 4.
- n. An abnormal outgrowth of wood, frequently of large size, occurring on the trunk or branch of a tree, usually as the result of some injury. See burl, 2.
- To extract (burs and other extraneous matter) from (wool) by chemical or mechanical means.
- To use a dental bur in the excavation of (a tooth-cavity).
- n. The native Indian name for the banian-tree.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. seed vessel having hooks or prickles
- v. remove the burrs from
- n. small bit used in dentistry or surgery
Middle English burre, of Scandinavian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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