[ byoo r-in, bur- ]
/ ˈbyʊər ɪn, ˈbɜr- /


a tempered steel rod, with a lozenge-shaped point and a rounded handle, used for engraving furrows in metal.
a similar tool used by marble workers.
a prehistoric pointed or chisellike flint tool.

Origin of burin

1655–65; < French < Italian burino (now bulino) graving tool, equivalent to bur- (perhaps < Germanic; see bore2) + -ino -ine2
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British Dictionary definitions for burin


/ (ˈbjʊərɪn) /


a chisel of tempered steel with a sharp lozenge-shaped point, used for engraving furrows in metal, wood, or marble
an engraver's individual style
archaeol a prehistoric flint tool with a very small transverse edge

Word Origin for burin

C17: from French, perhaps from Italian burino, of Germanic origin: compare Old High German boro auger; see bore 1
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Word Origin and History for burin



engraver's tool, 1660s, from French burin, cognate with Italian bolino, Spanish buril, perhaps from Old High German bora "tool for boring" (see bore (v.)).

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