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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Burr
Senses
  1. A prickly seed vessel. See Bur, 1.
  2. The thin edge or ridge left by a tool in cutting or shaping metal, as in turning, engraving, pressing, etc.; also, the rough neck left on a bullet in casting."The graver, in plowing furrows in the surface of the copper, raises corresponding ridges or burrs." [Tomlinson.]
  3. 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.
  4. A broad iron ring on a tilting lance just below the gripe, to prevent the hand from slipping.
  5. The lobe or lap of the ear.
  6. Etymology: Probably of imitative origin

    A guttural pronounciation of the letter r, produced by trilling the extremity of the soft palate against the back part of the tongue; rotacism; -- often called the Newcastle burr Northumberland burr, or Tweedside burr.
  7. The knot at the bottom of an antler. See Bur (n.), 8.

Etymology: See Bur

verb Burr
To speak with burr; to make a hoarse or guttural murmur.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Small bit used in dentistry or surgery
  2. Rough projection left on a workpiece after drilling or cutting
  3. Rotary file for smoothing rough edges left on a workpiece
  4. 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)
  5. Seed vessel having hooks or prickles
  6. Remove the burrs from
Wiktionary

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

  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.
  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 ear lobe.
  7. The knot at the bottom of an antler.

Onomatopoeia, influenced by bur.

  1. A rough humming sound.
  2. A uvular "r".

Origin uncertain.

  1. (obsolete) A metal ring at the top of the hand-rest on a spear.

From burl.

  1. (Britain) Alternative spelling of burl

    Notable Persons Named Burr

    Burr Steers is a film director, screenwriter, and actor. Burr was given the name Burr Gore Steers by his parent Newton Steers on October 8th, 1965 in Washington, D.C.

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    His most notable accomplishments were from 1965 to 1992. Burr was given the name Burris F. DeBenning on September 21st, 1936 in Seminole, Oklahoma. Burr is also known as (Burr De Benning) and (Burris DeBenning). He left this life on May 26th, 2003.

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    Burr was given the name Franklin Burr Tillstrom on October 13th, 1917 in Chicago. He passed away on December 6th, 1985.

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    Burr Caswell was a lumberman, lighthouse keeper, and civil servant for mason county. He holds the title Probate Judge, Surveyor, Coroner, and Fish Inspector. Burr was born on January 3rd, 1807 in Glens Falls, New York. Burr is also known as Aaron Burr Caswell, Caswell, and Aaron Burr. He breathed his last breath on September 15th, 1896.

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    He was most active from 1880 to 1934. Burr was born on August 21st, 1862 in Wellsville, Ohio, USA. He left this life on April 28th, 1942.

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    He was most active from 1946 to 1963. Burr was born on July 2nd, 1904 in Winchester, Virginia. He breathed his last breath on December 29th, 1973.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Burr

    Aaron Burr was an office holder. His military service ended in 1779. Aaron was given the name Aaron Burr Jr. on February 6th, 1756 in Newark, New Jersey. He passed away on September 14th, 1836.

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    Bill Burr is an observational comedy, black comedy, and satire comedian. Bill was given the name William Frederic Burr on June 10th, 1968 in Canton, Massachusetts, United States.

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    Raymond Burr was an actor. His career lasted from 1940 to 1993. Raymond was given the name Raymond William Stacey Burr on May 21st, 1917 in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. He passed away on September 12th, 1993.

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    Richard Burr is a Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Chairman of theSenate Intelligence Committee. Richard was born on November 30th, 1955 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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    Tanya Burr is a youtube vlogger, blogger, make-up artist, and author. She has had major accomplishments since 2009. Tanya was born on June 9th, 1989 in Norwich, Norfolk, England.

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    Clive Burr was a heavy metal music and hard rock musician. His career lasted from 1977 to 2013. Clive was given the name Clive Ronald Burr on March 8th, 1957 in East Ham, London, England. He left this life on March 12th, 2013.

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1880 11 0 11
    1882 9 0 9
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    1971 6 0 6
    1975 8 0 8
    1976 5 0 5

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Burr U.S.
      White 86.10% 64.26%
      African American 7.54% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.55% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 1.41% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.88% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.52% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Burr

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    Fun Facts about the name Burr

    • How Popular is the name Burr? Burr is the 12,105th most popular name of all time. As a last name Burr was the 2,323rd most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Burr have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 803 babies born with the first name Burr in the United States. That's more than enough people named Burr to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Burr? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 11 new born babies.
    • When was Burr first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Burr is Tuesday, April 20th, 1869.
    • What year had the most people named Burr born? The highest recorded use of the first name Burr was in 1916 with a total of 23 babies.
    • Random Burr Factoid: According to the 1920 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Burr is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 6 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1920.
    • Weird things about the name Burr: Your name in reverse order is Rrub. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Urrb. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Burr? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 15,703 people with the last name Burr.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Burr? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Burr as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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