Burr vs. Burl - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Burl

    A burl (American English) or bur or burr (UK English) is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. It is commonly found in the form of a rounded outgrowth on a tree trunk or branch that is filled with small knots from dormant buds.

Wiktionary

  • Burr (noun)

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

  • Burr (noun)

    A bur; a seed pod with sharp features that stick in fur or clothing.

  • Burr (noun)

    A small piece of material left on an edge after a cutting operation.

  • Burr (noun)

    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.

  • Burr (noun)

    A broad iron ring on a tilting lance just below the grip, to prevent the hand from slipping.

  • Burr (noun)

    The ear lobe.

  • Burr (noun)

    The knot at the bottom of an antler.

  • Burr (noun)

    A rough humming sound.

  • Burr (noun)

    A uvular "r".

  • Burr (noun)

    A metal ring at the top of the hand-rest on a spear.

  • Burr (noun)

    alternative spelling of burl

  • Burr (verb)

    To pronounce with a uvular "r".

  • Burr (verb)

    To make a rough humming sound.

  • Burl (noun)

    A tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner.

  • Burl (noun)

    Wood of a mottled veneer, usually cut from such a growth.

  • Burl (noun)

    A knot or lump in thread or cloth.

  • Burl (verb)

    To remove the knots in cloth.

Webster Dictionary

  • Burr (noun)

    A prickly seed vessel. See Bur, 1.

  • Burr (noun)

    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.

  • Burr (noun)

    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.

  • Burr (noun)

    A broad iron ring on a tilting lance just below the gripe, to prevent the hand from slipping.

  • Burr (noun)

    The lobe or lap of the ear.

  • Burr (noun)

    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.

  • Burr (noun)

    The knot at the bottom of an antler. See Bur, n., 8.

  • Burr (verb)

    To speak with burr; to make a hoarse or guttural murmur.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Burr (noun)

    seed vessel having hooks or prickles

  • Burr (noun)

    rough projection left on a workpiece after drilling or cutting

  • Burr (noun)

    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)

  • Burr (noun)

    rotary file for smoothing rough edges left on a workpiece

  • Burr (noun)

    small bit used in dentistry or surgery

  • Burr (verb)

    remove the burrs from

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