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bur 1

also burr  (bûr)
a. A rough prickly husk or covering surrounding the seeds or fruits of plants such as the chestnut or the burdock.
b. A plant producing such husks or coverings.
2. A persistently clinging or nettlesome person or thing.
3. A rough protuberance, especially a burl on a tree.
4. Any of various rotary cutting tools designed to be attached to a drill.

[Middle English burre, of Scandinavian origin.]

bur 2

n. & v.
Variant of burr2.

bur 3

Variant of burr3.


1. (Botany) a seed vessel or flower head, as of burdock, having hooks or prickles
2. (Botany) any plant that produces burs
3. a person or thing that clings like a bur
4. (Dentistry) a small surgical or dental drill
5. a variant spelling of burr3, burr4
vb, burs, burring or burred
(tr) to remove burs from
Also (for senses 1–4): burr
[C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish burre bur, Swedish kardborre burdock]


abbreviation for
Myanmar (international car registration)
[from Burma]



n., v. burred, bur•ring. n.
1. a rough prickly case around the seeds of certain plants, as the chestnut or burdock.
2. any bur-bearing plant.
3. something that adheres like a bur.
5. a rotary cutting tool for removing carious material from teeth and preparing cavities for filling.
6. a surgical cutting tool resembling this, used for the excavation of bone.
7. to extract or remove burs from.
[1300–50; Middle English burre]






Past participle: burred
Gerund: burring

I bur
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Present Continuous
I am burring
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Present Perfect
I have burred
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Past Continuous
I was burring
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Past Perfect
I had burred
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I will bur
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Future Perfect
I will have burred
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Future Continuous
I will be burring
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been burring
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been burring
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Past Perfect Continuous
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I would bur
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Past Conditional
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bur - seed vessel having hooks or pricklesbur - seed vessel having hooks or prickles
pericarp, seed vessel - the ripened and variously modified walls of a plant ovary
beggar-ticks, Spanish needles - the seed of bur marigolds
2.bur - small bit used in dentistry or surgery
bit - the cutting part of a drill; usually pointed and threaded and is replaceable in a brace or bitstock or drill press; "he looked around for the right size bit"
burr drill, dentist's drill - a high speed drill that dentists use to cut into teeth
Verb1.bur - remove the burrs from
remove, take away, withdraw, take - remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"


also bur
A continuous low-pitched droning sound:
To make a continuous low-pitched droning sound:


, burr
n (Bot, fig inf) → Klette f; chestnut burKastanienschale f
References in classic literature ?
Bur they are not going to do anything this year, and I only hope those cold days did not send them off to the Paradise of flowers.
The saddle and saddle-cloth were innocent of bur or sticker; the back was smooth and unbroken.
We walked up narrow lanes where our gharry--a tiny box of a thing on wheels, attached to a jibbing Bur mah pony--could by no means have passed.
From yet another machine came tens of thousands of steel burs to fit upon these bolts.
At other times he would pick the long thorns out of the pads of his friends, for wolves suffer terribly from thorns and burs in their coats.
A bird sits on the next bough, life-everlasting grows under the table, and blackberry vines run round its legs; pine cones, chestnut burs, and strawberry leaves are strewn about.
The new DUX Dental Bur Block with cover measures 2-7/8" x 3/8" x 1-3/8" and is available for the M.
Next, insert the bur and run the handpiece on an air station or handpiece purging station for 10 to 20 seconds (once normal speed is reached) to flush the debris out of the turbine before autoclaving.
In the calm, cold air the bare limbs, branches, and twigs of the biggest bur oak are so still they seem frozen in space, as if nothing could ever move them.
The Bur Bur & Friends activity books are educational as well as entertaining and will provide enjoyment for kids of all ages.