Bur vs Drill - What's the difference?

bur | drill |

As nouns the difference between bur and drill

is that bur is a rough, prickly husk around the seeds or fruit of some plants while drill is a tool used to remove material so as to create a hole, typically by plunging a rotating cutting bit into a stationary workpiece.

As a verb drill is

to create (a hole) by removing material with a drill tool.

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Alternative forms

* burr


(en noun)
  • A rough, prickly husk around the seeds or fruit of some plants.
  • Any of several plants having such husks.
  • A rotary cutting implement having a selection of variously shaped heads.
  • (small piece of material)
  • Anagrams

    * ----



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl)


    (en verb)
  • To create (a hole) by removing material with a (tool).
  • Drill a small hole to start the screw in the right direction.
  • To practice, especially in a military context.
  • They drilled daily to learn the routine exactly.
  • (ergative) To cause to drill (practice); to train in military arts.
  • The sergeant was up by 6:00 every morning, drilling his troops.
  • * Macaulay
  • He [Frederic the Great] drilled his people, as he drilled his grenadiers.
  • To repeat an idea frequently in order to encourage someone to remember it.
  • The instructor drilled into us the importance of reading the instructions.
  • To investigate or examine something in more detail or at a different level
  • Drill deeper and you may find the underlying assumptions faulty.
  • To hit or kick with a lot of power.
  • * 2006 , Joe Coon, The Perfect Game ,
  • He did get their attention when he drilled the ball dead center into the hole for an opening birdie.
  • * 2007 , Craig Cowell, Muddy Sunday ,
  • Without compromising he drilled the ball home, leaving Dynamos' ill-fated keeper diving for fresh air.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2010 , date=December 29 , author=Chris Whyatt , title=Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Bolton were then just inches from taking the lead, but the dangerous-looking Taylor drilled just wide after picking up a loose ball following Jose Bosingwa's poor attempted clearance.}}
  • (slang, vulgar) To have sexual intercourse with; to penetrate.
  • Is this going to take long? I've got a hot date to drill the flautist at the symphony tonight.'' - Brian Griffin, ''
  • To cause to flow in drills or rills or by trickling; to drain by trickling.
  • waters drilled through a sandy stratum
  • To sow (seeds) by dribbling them along a furrow or in a row.
  • (obsolete) To entice or allure; to decoy; with on .
  • * Addison
  • She drilled him on to five-and-fifty, and will drop him in his old age
  • (obsolete) To cause to slip or waste away by degrees.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • This accident hath drilled away the whole summer.


    (en noun)
  • A tool used to remove material so as to create a hole, typically by plunging a rotating cutting bit into a stationary workpiece.
  • The portion of a drilling tool that drives the bit.
  • An agricultural implement for making holes for sowing seed, and sometimes so formed as to contain seeds and drop them into the hole made.
  • A light furrow or channel made to put seed into, when sowing.
  • A row of seed sown in a furrow.
  • An activity done as an exercise or practice (especially a military exercise).
  • * , chapter=7
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=“[…] if you call my duds a ‘livery’ again there'll be trouble. It's bad enough to go around togged out like a life saver on a drill day, but I can stand that 'cause I'm paid for it. What I won't stand is to have them togs called a livery. […]”}}
  • (obsolete) A small trickling stream; a rill.
  • * Sandys
  • Springs through the pleasant meadows pour their drills .
  • Any of several molluscs, of the genus , that drill holes in the shells of other animals.
  • (Ocenebrinae)
    Derived terms
    * dental drill * dentist's drill * drill barrow * drill bow * drill harrow * drill plough, drill plow * drill sergeant

    Etymology 2

    Probably of African origin; compare mandrill.


    (en noun)
  • An Old World monkey of West Africa, , similar in appearance to the mandrill, but lacking the colorful face.
  • Etymology 3

    From (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A strong, durable cotton fabric with a strong bias (diagonal) in the weave.
  • Derived terms
    * (l), (l)
    * (l)