verb (used with object), bur·ied, bur·y·ing.
noun, plural bur·ies.
- bury one's head in the sand,
- bury st edmunds,
- bury st. edmunds,
- bury the hatchet,
Origin of bury
Examples from the Web for half-buried
Speed walked slowly toward a half-buried bowlder and sat down out of ear-shot.The Maids of Paradise|Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
In places, the surface was broken by small, half-buried firs.The Girl From Keller's|Harold Bindloss
While Dot sniffled, as he called it, on the half-buried sled, Sammy started to dig under the boughs of a tree near at hand.The Corner House Girls Snowbound|Grace Brooks Hill
The cellar was made awful by a skeleton sitting on a half-buried box and chuckling fiendishly.The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation|A. M. Barnard
At this place were seen the traces of an ancient French fortress, with a few pieces of cannon, half-buried in the earth.Travels in North America, From Modern Writers|William Bingley
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.