- Also buhr. a protruding, ragged edge raised on the surface of metal during drilling, shearing, punching, or engraving.
- a rough or irregular protuberance on any object, as on a tree.
- a small, handheld, power-driven milling cutter, used by machinists and die makers for deepening, widening, or undercutting small recesses.
- a lump of brick fused or warped in firing.
- to form a rough point or edge on.
Origin of burr1
- a washer placed at the head of a rivet.
- a blank punched out of a piece of sheet metal.
Origin of burr2
- a pronunciation of the r-sound as a uvular trill, as in certain Northern English dialects.
- a pronunciation of the r-sound as an alveolar flap or trill, as in Scottish English.
- any pronunciation popularly considered rough or nonurban.
- a whirring noise.
- to speak with a burr.
- to speak roughly, indistinctly, or inarticulately.
- to make a whirring sound.
- to pronounce (words, sounds, etc.) with a burr.
Origin of burr3
Origin of burr4
- Aaron,1756–1836, vice president of the U.S. 1801–05.
Related Wordsknob, cut, tunnel, nut, accent, pad, halo, buzz, circle, notch, rib, ring, washer, briar, whetstone, sticker
Examples from the Web for burr
Weeks retained an unparalleled legal team, which included bitter political rivals Hamilton and Burr.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion
January 8, 2015
“Burr and Corker and I will be working closely together on everything,” McCain said.
McCain said he, Corker, and Burr are also interested in pursuing more vigorous oversight of the Iran deal as well.
The plan unveiled last January by Hatch, Coburn and Burr is a good foundation.What the GOP Will Do If It Wins Congress
October 3, 2014
Certainly Weaver has been the burr under Palmer's saddle for almost his entire career.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
When 323 Burr chose, neither man nor woman could resist him.
“So am I,” said Burr, beginning to pace up and down the narrow room.
No lawyer for the defence was ever better prepared than Burr, and he did his best.
The replies also were typical, and in the burr of conversation her fears vanished.Howards End
E. M. Forster
Joe answered with a grating laugh, and then with a burr he applied a towel to his face.The Shadow of a Crime
- a small power-driven hand-operated rotary file, esp for removing burrs or for machining recesses
- a rough edge left on a workpiece after cutting, drilling, etc
- a rough or irregular protuberance, such as a burl on a tree
- British a burl on the trunk or root of a tree, sliced across for use as decorative veneer
- a variant spelling of bur
- to form a rough edge on (a workpiece)
- to remove burrs from (a workpiece) by grinding, filing, etc; deburr
- phonetics an articulation of (r) characteristic of certain English dialects, esp the uvular fricative trill of Northumberland or the retroflex r of the West of England
- a whirring sound
- to pronounce (words) with a burr
- to make a whirring sound
- a washer fitting around the end of a rivet
- a blank punched out of sheet metal
buhr or bur
- short for buhrstone
- a mass of hard siliceous rock surrounded by softer rock
- Aaron . 1756–1836, US vice-president (1800–04), who fled after killing a political rival in a duel and plotted to create an independent empire in the western US; acquitted (1807) of treason
Word Origin and History for burr
"rough sound of the letter -r-" (especially that common in Northumberland), 1760, later extended to "northern accented speech" in general. Possibly the sound of the word is imitative of the speech peculiarity itself, or it was adapted from one of the senses of bur (q.v.), perhaps from the phrase to have a bur in (one's) throat (late 14c.), which was a figure of speech for "feel a choking sensation, huskiness." OED says the Scottish -r- is a lingual trill, not a true burr.
- Variant ofbur
- A type of pseudocarp in which the outer surface possesses hooks or barbs. Burs become caught in the feathers or hair of animals, which then carry them away to disperse the seeds.