Bur vs However - What's the difference?

bur | however |

As a noun bur

is spring, fountain.

As an adverb however is

(lb) nevertheless, nonetheless, even so, that said, in spite of this.

As a conjunction however is

in whatever manner (that).



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

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    (POS mixed up)


  • (lb) Nevertheless, nonetheless, even so, that said, in spite of this.
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  • (lb) To whatever degree.
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  • (lb) In whatever way.
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  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-21, author=(Oliver Burkeman)
  • , volume=189, issue=2, page=48, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= The tao of tech , passage=But the real way to build a successful online business is to be better than your rivals at undermining people's control of their own attention. Partly, this is a result of how online advertising has traditionally worked: advertisers pay for clicks, and a click is a click, however it's obtained.}}
  • In what way?; how?
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  • Usage notes

    * (nevertheless) Strunk and White’s (The Elements of Style)'' argues that the adverb ''however , in its sense of nevertheless, should be avoided at the beginning of a sentence.


    * after all * but * nevertheless * nonetheless * notwithstanding * though * that said * still and all


    (English Conjunctions)
  • In whatever manner (that).
  • Do it however you want.
  • To whatever extent.
  • However far he may get, there'll be many that get further.
    However much you prepare for the exam, there will still be a few questions on which you won't be sure of the answer.
  • (proscribed) Although, though, but, yet.
  • Usage notes


    (although) The use of however'' as a conjunction meaning "but" is identical to its use as a clause-initial adverb meaning "nevertheless", except in punctuation (when written) and in prosody (when spoken). Hence, the following proscribed sentence:

    (proscribed) ''He told me not to do it, however''' I did it.''

    is equivalent to the following accepted one:

    (accepted) ''He told me not to do it; '''however , I did it.''

    In particular, when used as a conjunction in this sense, ''however always appears between the clauses it connects; it does not introduce a true subordinate clause that can be moved to the start of an independent clause, because a conjunctive adverb cannot do that.




    * * * * " however (degree)" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007) * " however (despite)" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007) * " however (way)" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007) * * Oxford English Dictionary , second edition (1989) * Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary (1987-1996)