I. noun Etymology: Middle English burre; akin to Old English byrst bristle — more at bristle Date: 14th century 1. (usually bur) a. a rough or prickly envelope of a fruit b. a plant that bears burs 2. a. something that sticks or clings <
a burr in the throat
b. hanger-on 3. an irregular rounded mass; especially a tree burl 4. a thin ridge or area of roughness produced in cutting or shaping metal 5. a. a trilled uvular \r\ as used by some speakers of English especially in northern England and in Scotland b. a tongue-point trill that is the usual Scottish \r\ 6. a. a small rotary cutting tool b. (usually bur) a bit used on a dental drill 7. a rough humming sound ; whirburred adjective II. verb Date: 1798 intransitive verb 1. to speak with a burr 2. to make a whirring sound transitive verb 1. to pronounce with a burr 2. a. to form into a projecting edge b. to remove burrs from • burrer noun

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  • Burr — Burr, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Burred}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Burring}.] To speak with burr; to make a hoarse or guttural murmur. Mrs. Browning. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • burr — burr1 [bʉr] n. [var. of BUR1] 1. a rough edge or ridge left on metal or other material by cutting or drilling 2. a washer on the small end of a rivet 3. BUR1 (senses 1, 2, & 3) vt. 1 …   English World dictionary

  • Burr —   [bəː], Aaron, amerikanischer Politiker, * Newark (N. J.) 6. 2. 1756, ✝ Port Richmond (heute zu New York) 14. 9. 1836; Rechtsanwalt, war 1791 97 Bundessenator. Bei den Präsidentschaftswahlen 1800 unterlag er T. Jefferson in einer Stichwahl durch …   Universal-Lexikon

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  • burr — rough sound of the letter r (especially that common in Northumberland), 1760, later extended to northern accented speech in general. Possibly the sound of the word is imitative of the speech peculiarity itself, or it was adapted from one of the… …   Etymology dictionary

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