AskDefine | Define burr

Dictionary Definition



1 seed vessel having hooks or prickles [syn: bur]
2 rough projection left on a workpiece after drilling or cutting
3 United States politician who served as Vice President under Jefferson; he mortally wounded his political rival Alexander Hamilton in a duel and fled south (1756-1836) [syn: Aaron Burr]
4 rotary file for smoothing rough edges left on a workpiece
5 small bit used in dentistry or surgery [syn: bur] v : remove the burrs from [syn: bur]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A sharp, pointy object, such as a sliver or splinter.
  2. 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.


sliver or splinter
seed pod with sharp features
German: Klette
material left on an edge after cutting
German: Grat

See also

Extensive Definition

Burr may refer to:
  • Burr (fruit), a type of seed or fruit with short, stiff bristles or hooks
  • The Burr distribution, a continuous probability distribution
  • A burr (metal), a deformation of metal wherein a raised edge forms on a metal part which has been machined
  • Burr wood, a deformed type of wood in which the grain has been misformed
  • A burr (cutter), a small cutter used in rotary tools for metalworking
  • A burr puzzle, a type of interlocking mechanical puzzle
  • Burr (novel), a book about Aaron Burr by Gore Vidal
  • Burr, or Borr, a god of Norse Mythology
  • The British spelling for burl
  • Any English regional accent with a guttural R, such as the Northumberland burr
  • Burr, the abbreviation for the orchid genus Burrageara
  • Burr Truss, an architectural feature often used in covered bridges
  • Burr (crater) is a crater on Callisto

See also

burr in German: Burr
burr in French: Burr

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