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burr

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English burre, perhaps from Old English byrst (bristle), from Old Norse.

NounEdit

burr (plural burrs)

  1. A sharp, pointy object, such as a sliver or splinter.
  2. A bur; a seed pod with sharp features that stick in fur or clothing.
  3. A small piece of material left on an edge after a cutting operation.
    • Tomlinson
      The graver, in ploughing furrows in the surface of the copper, raises corresponding ridges or burrs.
  4. 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.
  5. A broad iron ring on a tilting lance just below the grip, to prevent the hand from slipping.
  6. The earlobe.
  7. The knot at the bottom of an antler.
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Etymology 2Edit

Onomatopoeia, influenced by bur.

NounEdit

burr (plural burrs)

  1. A rough humming sound.
  2. A rolled "r".
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VerbEdit

burr (third-person singular simple present burrs, present participle burring, simple past and past participle burred)

  1. (transitive) To pronounce with a rolled "r".
  2. (intransitive) To make a rough humming sound.
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Etymology 3Edit

Origin uncertain.

NounEdit

burr (plural burrs)

  1. (obsolete) A metal ring at the top of the hand-rest on a spear.
    • 1485, Syr Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Bk.XXI, Ch.iv:
      And there kyng Arthur smote syr mordred vnder the shelde wyth a foyne of his spere thorughoute the body more than a fadom / And whan syr Mordred felte that he had hys dethes wounde / He thryst hym self wyth the myght that he had vp to the bur of kynge Arthurs spere / And right so he smote his fader Arthur wyth his swerde holden in bothe his handes

Etymology 4Edit

From burl.

NounEdit

burr (plural burrs)

  1. (UK) Alternative spelling of burl