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burr

1
[ bur ]
/ bɜr /
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noun
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.
verb (used with object)
to form a rough point or edge on.
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Also bur (for defs. 1, 3) .

Origin of burr

1
First recorded in 1605–15; spelling variant of bur1

Other definitions for burr (2 of 5)

burr2

or bur

[ bur ]
/ bɜr /

noun
a washer placed at the head of a rivet.
a blank punched out of a piece of sheet metal.

Origin of burr

2
First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English burrewez (plural), buruhe “circle,” variant of brough “round tower”; see broch

Other definitions for burr (3 of 5)

burr3
[ bur ]
/ bɜr /

noun
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
to pronounce (words, sounds, etc.) with a burr.

Origin of burr

3
First recorded in 1750–60; apparently both imitative and associative, the sound being thought of as rough like a bur

Other definitions for burr (4 of 5)

burr4

or buhr

[ bur ]
/ bɜr /

noun

Origin of burr

4
First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English burre, probably so called from its roughness

Other definitions for burr (5 of 5)

Burr
[ bur ]
/ bɜr /

noun
Aaron, 1756–1836, vice president of the U.S. 1801–05.
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British Dictionary definitions for burr (1 of 5)

burr1
/ (bɜː) /

noun
noun, verb
a variant spelling of bur
verb (tr)
to form a rough edge on (a workpiece)
to remove burrs from (a workpiece) by grinding, filing, etc; deburr

Word Origin for burr

C14: variant of bur

British Dictionary definitions for burr (2 of 5)

burr2
/ (bɜː) /

noun
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
verb
to pronounce (words) with a burr
to make a whirring sound

Word Origin for burr

C18: either special use of bur (in the sense: rough sound) or of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for burr (3 of 5)

burr3

bur

/ (bɜː) /

noun
a washer fitting around the end of a rivet
a blank punched out of sheet metal

Word Origin for burr

C16 (in the sense: broad ring on a spear): variant of burrow (in obsolete sense: borough)

British Dictionary definitions for burr (4 of 5)

burr4

buhr or bur

/ (bɜː) /

noun
short for buhrstone
a mass of hard siliceous rock surrounded by softer rock

Word Origin for burr

C18: probably from bur, from its qualities of roughness

British Dictionary definitions for burr (5 of 5)

Burr
/ (bɜː) /

noun
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
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Medical definitions for burr

burr
[ bûr ]

n.
Variant ofbur
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