verb (used with object), bur·ied, bur·y·ing.
noun, plural bur·ies.
Origin of bury
Synonyms for bury
Antonyms for bury
Examples from the Web for half-buried
Historical Examples of half-buried
Another sword was lying twenty yards away, half-buried in the sand.The Status Civilization
Cutter often threatened to chop down the cedar trees which half-buried the house.My Antonia
Outside, by an ash-pit, he found a bucket and half-buried shovel.Mountain Blood
Sunny sat down to rest a minute, on a half-buried tree-stump.Sunny Boy in the Country
Ramy Allison White
I lay for a moment where I had fallen, half-buried and blind.The Scalp Hunters
verb buries, burying or buried (tr)
Word Origin for bury
Old English byrgan "to raise a mound, hide, bury, inter," akin to beorgan "to shelter," from Proto-Germanic *burzjan- "protection, shelter" (cf. Old Saxon bergan, Dutch bergen, Old Norse bjarga, Swedish berga, Old High German bergan "protect, shelter, conceal," German bergen, Gothic bairgan "to save, preserve"), from PIE root *bhergh- "protect, preserve" (cf. Old Church Slavonic brego "I preserve, guard"). Related: Buried; burying. Burying-ground "cemetery" attested from 1711.
The Old English -y- was a short "oo" sound, like modern French -u-. Under normal circumstances it transformed into Modern English -i- (e.g. bridge, kiss, listen, sister), but in bury and a few other words (e.g. merry, knell) it retained a Kentish change to "e" that took place in the late Old English period. In the West Midlands, meanwhile, the Old English -y- sound persisted, slightly modified over time, giving the standard modern pronunciation of blush, much, church.