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Definitions of burr

  1. remove the burrs from
  2. small bit used in dentistry or surgery
  3. seed vessel having hooks or prickles
  4. rough projection left on a workpiece after drilling or cutting
  5. rotary file for smoothing rough edges left on a workpiece
  6. Any rough or prickly envelope of the seeds of plants, whether a pericarp, a persistent calyx, or an involucre, as of the chestnut and burdock. Also, any weed which bears burs.
  7. The thin ridge left by a tool in cutting or shaping metal. See Burr, n., 2.
  8. A ring of iron on a lance or spear. See Burr, n., 4.
  9. The lobe of the ear. See Burr, n., 5.
  10. A clinker; a partially vitrified brick.
  11. A small circular saw.
  12. A triangular chisel.
  13. The round knob of an antler next to a deer's head.
  14. A prickly seed vessel. See Bur, 1.
  15. The thin edge or ridge left by a tool in cutting or shaping metal, as in turning, engraving, pressing, etc.; also, the rough neck left on a bullet in casting.
  16. A thin flat piece of metal, formed from a sheet by punching; a small washer put on the end of a rivet before it is swaged down.
  17. A broad iron ring on a tilting lance just below the gripe, to prevent the hand from slipping.
  18. The lobe or lap of the ear.
  19. The knot at the bottom of an antler. See Bur, n., 8.
  20. To speak with burr; to make a hoarse or guttural murmur.
  21. The burdock.
  22. A drill with a serrated head larger than the shank; - used by dentists.
  23. A guttural pronounciation of the letter r, produced by trilling the extremity of the soft palate against the back part of the tongue; rotacism; - often called the Newcastle, Northumberland, or Tweedside, burr.
  24. The prickly seed- case of a plant; a thin ridge or roughness left by a tool in cutting or shaping metal; a whirring noise; the rough sound of r.
  25. To pronounce with this sound. Also, bur.
  26. Same as BUR.
  27. A prickly flower- head, or the like.
  28. A protuberance; lump.
  29. An unwelcome adherent.
  30. A burrstone. See BURR.
  31. A roughness or rough edge, or a tool that produces it.
  32. The lobe or lap of the ear; the round knob of a horn next a deer's head; the sweetbread; a triangular chisel; a round iron ring used with a cannon, and also with a lance; the guttural pronunciation of the rough r, common in some of the northern provinces of England. See Bur.
  33. The lobe of the ear; a roughness in sounding the letter r.

Usage examples for burr

  1. Then they all went into the woods, and Burr began looking for things to eat. – The Cave Boy of the Age of Stone by Margaret A. McIntyre
  2. Burr ventured a question. – Then Marched the Brave by Harriet T. Comstock
  3. Hartford: J. B. Burr and Hyde, n. – The Invention of the Sewing Machine by Grace Rogers Cooper
  4. We don't care how much, do we, Burr? – Burr Junior by G. Manville Fenn
  5. To prevent accidents and a more easy delivery from the burr, the nut is annointed with a slight exudation of oil, which gives a soft, agreeable feeling as you hold it in your hand. – Confessions of Boyhood by John Albee
  6. Burr, it must be said, was not trusted even by his political associates. – Jefferson and his Colleagues A Chronicle of the Virginia Dynasty, Volume 15 In The Chronicles Of America Series by Allen Johnson
  7. This was the only deer that I saw after my trip on the lake with Burr. – Reminiscences of Sixty Years in Public Affairs, Vol. 1 by George Boutwell
  8. He declared in private conversation, and the remark speedily became public property, that he looked upon Burr as a dangerous man who ought not to be trusted with the reins of government. – Jefferson and his Colleagues A Chronicle of the Virginia Dynasty, Volume 15 In The Chronicles Of America Series by Allen Johnson
  9. Pride of intellect largely dominated the career of Aaron Burr. – Shadows of the Stage by William Winter
  10. " Why, Burr," he said, " I didn't know that you could fight like that." – Burr Junior by G. Manville Fenn
  11. The loss of his daughter, Burr said, " severed him from the human race." – The Friendships of Women by William Rounseville Alger
  12. Van Buren has now every prospect of success in his present movements, and he will avoid the rock on which Burr afterwards split." – Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams. by Josiah Quincy
  13. This Republican leader was the maternal uncle of his opponent in Federal state politics, President Dwight, and also of the Republican Vice- President, Aaron Burr. – The Development of Religious Liberty in Connecticut by M. Louise Greene, Ph. D.
  14. I like boys and oysters raw; so, though good manners are always pleasing, I don't mind the rough outside burr which repels most people, and perhaps that is the reason why the burrs open and let me see the soft lining and taste the sweet nut hidden inside. – Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag by Louisa M. Alcott
  15. There were two roses of similar quality, one that detestable mockery known as the burr- rose. – Aunt Jane of Kentucky by Eliza Calvert Hall
  16. Its needles are not only very sharp, but also finely barbed, and they penetrate and cling fast like a burr the moment that they are touched. – Arizona Sketches by Joseph A. Munk
  17. What would Mrs. Burr say! – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
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