• WordNet 3.6
    • n burin a chisel of tempered steel with a sharp point; used for engraving
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Burin The cutting tool of an engraver on metal, used in line engraving. It is made of tempered steel, one end being ground off obliquely so as to produce a sharp point, and the other end inserted in a handle; a graver; also, the similarly shaped tool used by workers in marble.
    • Burin The manner or style of execution of an engraver; as, a soft burin; a brilliant burin .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n burin An engravers' tool of tempered steel, with a lozenge-shaped point, fixed in a handle the end of which, held in the hand, is rounded at the top; a graver. Pushed forward by the hand in any desired direction, it cuts a shallow or deep furrow, according to the pressure exerted. When, as in etching, bitten lines, or lines made with the dry-point, are imperfect or weak, the burin is used to repair or strengthen them.
    • n burin The manner or style of execution of an engraver: as, a soft burin; a brilliant burin.
    • n burin A steel graver used by marble-workers. Also spelled burine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Burin būr′in a kind of chisel of tempered steel, used in copper engraving—the distinctive style of a master is frequently described by such expressions as a soft, a graphic, or a brilliant burin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. burin, cf. It. burino, bulino,; prob. from OHG. bora, borer, borōn, to bore, G. bohren,. See 1st Bore
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.; from root of Bore.


In literature:

There too was the copper-worker with his burin and graver.
"Sir Nigel" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Passing from the bloom of Nature, we complete our circuit with that which springs from the pencil, the chisel and the burin.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, April, 1876." by Various
It is but the expedient of those who cannot etch sensation by the burin of their art of words.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece" by John Addington Symonds
The linear part of it requires exactly the same degree and the same kind of talent as linear design with a pen or with a burin.
"Artist and Public" by Kenyon Cox
The first is to plough into the metal with a sharp steel instrument called a burin.
"The Book of Art for Young People" by Agnes Conway
It is but the expedient of those who cannot etch sensation by the burin of their art of words.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
His splendid design, which shows considerable burin work, is at odds with the crudity of the remainder of the book.
"John Baptist Jackson" by Jacob Kainen
I will not speak of his person as he has been sufficiently described by pen and burin.
"Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680" by Jasper Danckaerts
The artist's picaresque burin had made Robespierre as hideous as possible.
"The Gods are Athirst" by Anatole France
The merchants of Burin complained to him that some of their fishermen wanted to emigrate to Nova Scotia.
"Newfoundland and the Jingoes" by John Fretwell
Rembrandt's general use of the burin has been widely accepted.
"Rembrandt's Etching Technique: An Example" by Peter Morse
But the burin was too slow, even in the hands of the skilful engraver, for the necessities of the hour.
"Outdoor Sketching" by Francis Hopkinson Smith
Nearly the last work of his burin was a portrait of Shakspeare, patronized by George Steevens.
"A Walk from London to Fulham" by Thomas Crofton Croker
Ever at his forge from earliest dawn, ever with his leathern apron on his loins, and the file, the hammer or the burin in his hand.
"The Abbatial Crosier" by Eugène Sue
The Graver or Burin 49 76.
"A Treatise on Etching" by Maxime Lalanne
Upon the surface of this metal inlay further ornamentation was chased with the burin.
"Chats on Old Furniture" by Arthur Hayden
The plates were intended to develop a new process of reproduction, but had to be finished by the burin.
"A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 1 of 3)" by Various
He not only made use of the burin, like his predecessors, but was also among the first to practise etching.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
Burin, are we not ready?
"The Honour of Savelli" by S. (Sidney) Levett-Yeats
The artist's tool, be it brush or burin, must perform its task by one effort.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 2" by Various

In poetry:

Yes, all of this is sorrow. But leave
a little love burining always
like the small bulb in the room of a sleeping baby
that gives him a bit of security and quiet love
though he doesn't know what the light is
or where it comes from.
"Seven Laments For The War-Dead" by Yehuda Amichai

In science:

Burin is acknowledged for fruitful discussions.
A study of random laser modes in disordered photonic crystals
Burin A. L., Natelson D., Osheroff D. D. and Kagan Y., in Tunneling Systems in Amorphous and Crystal line Solids, edited by Esquinazi P. (Springer, Berlin) 1998. Rheinstadter M. C., Knorr K. and Rieger H., Phys.
Correlated random fields in dielectric and spin glasses
In this case it is necessary to split the endplates into many independently rotating rings (Kageyama et al. 2004; Burin et al. 2006).
Reduction of boundary effects in spiral MRI experiment PROMISE