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bur·ton

 (bûr′tn)
n. Nautical
A light tackle having double or single blocks, used to hoist or tighten rigging.

[Origin unknown.]

burton

(ˈbɜːtən)
n
1. (Nautical Terms) nautical a kind of light hoisting tackle
2. go for a burton slang
a. to be broken, useless, or lost
b. to die
[C15: of uncertain origin]

Burton

(ˈbɜːtən)
n
1. (Biography) Sir Richard Francis. 1821–90, English explorer, Orientalist, and writer who discovered Lake Tanganyika with John Speke (1858); produced the first unabridged translation of The Thousand Nights and a Night (1885–88)
2. (Biography) Richard, real name Richard Jenkins. 1925–84, Welsh stage and film actor: films include Becket (1964), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), and Equus (1977)
3. (Biography) Robert, pen name Democritus Junior. 1577–1640, English clergyman, scholar, and writer, noted for his Anatomy of Melancholy (1621)
4. (Biography) Tim. born 1958, US film director whose work includes Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Corpse Bride (2005), and Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Bur•ton

(ˈbɜr tn)

n.
1. Richard (Richard Jenkins), 1925–84, British actor, born in Wales.
2. Sir Richard Francis, 1821–90, English explorer, Orientalist, and writer.
3. Robert ( “Democritus Junior” ), 1577–1640, English clergyman and author.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Burton - English explorer who with John Speke was the first European to explore Lake Tanganyika (1821-1890)
2.Burton - Welsh film actor who often co-starred with Elizabeth Taylor (1925-1984)
3.Burton - a strong dark English ale
ale - a general name for beer made with a top fermenting yeast; in some of the United States an ale is (by law) a brew of more than 4% alcohol by volume
Translations

burton

[ˈbɜːtn] (Brit) N it's gone for a burton (= broken etc) → se ha ido al traste; (= lost) → se ha perdido
he's gone for a burton (Brit) [pilot, driver] → estiró la pata, la palmó (Sp)

burton

n (dated Brit, sl) to have gone for a burtonim Eimer sein (inf)
References in classic literature ?
Moreover, at a place in Yorkshire, England, Burton constable by name, a certain sir clifford constable has in his possession the skeleton of a Sperm Whale, but of moderate size, by no means of the full-grown magnitude of my friend King Tranquo's.
The traveler Burton says of it--"Your MORALE improves; you become frank and cordial, hospitable and single-minded.
No," says the old man, "I reckon there ain't go- ing to be any; and you couldn't go if there was; be- cause the runaway nigger told Burton and me all about that scandalous show, and Burton said he would tell the people; so I reckon they've drove the owdacious loaf- ers out of town before this time.
The Misses Burton have just seen them, and THEY pronounce them the most beautiful articles of the sort they have ever seen; and I believe they have been over half the world.
Margaret Burton, one of the Junior girls at Redmond, wrote a story last winter and it was published in the Canadian Woman.
You know Anna has been longing to go; working and hoping for a chance, and never getting it, till all of a sudden Miss Burton is inspired to invite the girl to go with her for several years to Italy.
His captor was Burton Duff, the jailer, as white as death and bearing upon his brow the livid mark of the iron bar.
On a table in the corridor lay the dead body of Burton Duff.
Burton struck out, without warning, straight from the shoulder.
Thomas Burton is purveyor of cat's meat to the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs, and several members of the Common Council (the announcement of this gentleman's name was received with breathless interest).
We can't all be Stanleys and Burtons," said I; "besides, we don't get the chance,--at least, I never had the chance.
As Burton got up he also kicked out towards the pensioner although due to his drunken state it barely connected.