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burton

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[ bur-tn ]
/ ˈbɜr tn /
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noun Nautical.
any of various small tackles for use on shipboard.
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Origin of burton

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1695–1705; probably by metathesis from Breton (takles), Brytton (takles) (late 15th cent.); see Breton, Briton

Other definitions for burton (2 of 3)

burton2
[ bur-tn ]
/ ˈbɜr tn /

Verb Phrases
go for a burton, British Slang.
  1. to be lost, missing, or destroyed.
  2. to die.

Origin of burton

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First recorded in 1940–45; origin unclear

Other definitions for burton (3 of 3)

Burton
[ bur-tn ]
/ ˈbɜr tn /

noun
Harold Hitz [hits], /hɪts/, 1888–1964, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1945–58.
Sir Richard Richard Jenkins, 1925–84, English actor, born in Wales.
Sir Richard Francis, 1821–90, English explorer, Orientalist, and writer.
Robert "Democritus Junior", 1577–1640, English clergyman and author.
a town in central Michigan.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for burton (1 of 2)

burton
/ (ˈbɜːtən) /

noun
nautical a kind of light hoisting tackle
go for a burton British slang
  1. to be broken, useless, or lost
  2. to die

Word Origin for burton

C15: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for burton (2 of 2)

Burton
/ (ˈbɜːtən) /

noun
Sir Richard Francis . 1821–90, English explorer, Orientalist, and writer who discovered Lake Tanganyika with John Speke (1858); produced the first unabridged translation of The Thousand Nights and a Night (1885–88)
Richard, real name Richard Jenkins . 1925–84, Welsh stage and film actor: films include Becket (1964), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), and Equus (1977)
Robert, pen name Democritus Junior . 1577–1640, English clergyman, scholar, and writer, noted for his Anatomy of Melancholy (1621)
Tim. born 1958, US film director whose work includes Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Corpse Bride (2005), and Alice in Wonderland (2010)
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