burrow

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v burrow move through by or as by digging "burrow through the forest"
    • n burrow a hole made by an animal, usually for shelter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the past 60 years, the groundhog has only predicted the weather correctly 28% of the time. The rushing back and forth from burrows is believed to indicate sexual activity, not shadow seeking
    • Burrow (Mining) A heap or heaps of rubbish or refuse.
    • Burrow A mound. See 3d Barrow, and Camp n., 5.
    • Burrow A shelter; esp. a hole in the ground made by certain animals, as rabbits, for shelter and habitation.
    • Burrow An incorporated town. See 1st Borough.
    • Burrow To excavate a hole to lodge in, as in the earth; to lodge in a hole excavated in the earth, as conies or rabbits.
    • Burrow To lodge, or take refuge, in any deep or concealed place; to hide. "Sir, this vermin of court reporters, when they are forced into day upon one point, are sure to burrow in another."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Some crickets burrow megaphone-like tunnels that help transport the sound of their chirps as far as 2,000 feet away.
    • n burrow An obsolete spelling of borough.
    • n burrow A barrow; a mound. Sir T. Browne. See barrow.
    • n burrow In mining, the heap of refuse rock at the mouth of a shaft, or entrance of an adit-level or tunnel.
    • n burrow A hole in the ground excavated by an animal, as a rabbit or a marmot, as a refuge and habitation.
    • n burrow [Perhaps in ref. to the usually circular shape of mounds; cf. the equiv. Sc. brough, otherwise referred to burrow = borough = brough, q. v. In mod. English dial. abbr. burr.] A circle. Compare bur, burr, 2.
    • burrow To make a hole or burrow to lodge in, as in the earth; work a way into or under something.
    • burrow To lodge in a burrow; in a more general sense, to lodge in any deep or concealed place; hide.
    • burrow To perforate with a burrow or as with burrows.
    • n burrow A variant of borrow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The tarantula spends most of its life within its burrow, which is an 18-inch vertical hole with an inch-wide opening. When male tarantulas are between the ages of 5 to 7 years, they leave the burrow in search of a female, usually in the early fall. This migration actually signals the end of their life cycle. The males mate with as many females as they can, and then they die around mid-November.
    • n Burrow bur′ō a hole in the ground dug by certain animals for shelter or defence
    • v.i Burrow to make holes underground as rabbits: to dwell in a concealed place
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See 1st Borough

Usage

In literature:

The burrows in which the eggs were hatched were therefore in that turf opposite the Bees' abode.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
All woodwork, including furniture, ought to be of teak, because they are unable to burrow into it.
"India and the Indians" by Edward F. Elwin
He was free, and he swam away to the nearest burrow and lay down to rest.
"Forest Neighbors" by William Davenport Hulbert
Fever and rheumatism, pneumonia and diphtheria stalked among the dwellers in these tainted burrows, claiming their human toll.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
The burrows have two or more doors, so that if a weasel or some other enemy goes in at one door, the rabbit runs out at the other.
"Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors" by James Johonnot
They spoke of those hours of burrowing.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
No, he would not burrow to escape the wind.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
But they found few signs of the gopher burrowing they felt sure had devastated the ground.
"The Biography of a Prairie Girl" by Eleanor Gates
Our burrows fell in upon us faster than we could dig them out!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
The inactivity of the armies, burrowed in their winter quarters, was reflected in the air.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
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In poetry:

"In the burrows of the Nightmare
Where Justice naked is,
Time watches from the shadow
And coughs when you would kiss.
"As I Walked Out One Evening" by W H Auden
The gas mask lay like a blot on the empty chest,
The slanting helmets were spattered with rust and mold,
But they burrowed the hill for the machine-gun nest
As they had of old.
"1936" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Under the pine-dark highlands,
Around the vine-hung islands,
She ploughed her crooked furrow
And her rippling and her lurches
Scared the river eels and perches,
And the musk-rat in his burrow.
"Voyage of the Jettie" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Why is it, with millions of acres untrod
Where never the ploughshare hath been,
That man must needs burrow miles under the sod,
As if to get farther and farther from God,
And deeper and deeper in sin?
"The Subway" by Hattie Howard
She stepped just once upon a hideous burrow, dank and haired with grass;
Fixed upon me eyes perfidious
As a fiend's are, yet insidious--
Questioned if I dared to pass.
"I will search all Hell
To find him," from me fell.
"Written In Hell" by Cale Young Rice
Another miser has now his chest,
And it hoards wealth more and more;
Like ferrets his hands go in and out,
Burrowing, tossing the gold about—
Nor heed the heart that, gone from his breast,
Is the cold heap's bloodless core.
"For Where Your Treasure Is, There Will Your Heart Be Also" by George MacDonald

In news:

Kolohe Andino, Joel Parkinson, Jordy Smith, Josh Kerr and Taj Burrow ignite round two.
"Middle aged" surfers Joel Parkinson and Taj Burrow ignite round two.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources senior wildlife biologist John Jensen, the state's herpetologist, prepares to send a remote camera into a gopher tortoise burrow.
Gopher tortoises are emerging from winter dormancy and moving slowly through the Gasparilla Island and Southwest Florida landscape in search of greenery to eat and a new place to dig its burrow.
The groundhogs I have known were rural-suburban, large rodents that burrow and create hazards for humans and horses.
Let's burrow into the secrets of Groundhog Day.
Let's burrow into the secrets of Groundhog Day .
Groundhog Day is upon us and Punxsutawney Phil will exit his burrow at 7:20am Tuesday morning.
And with the eyesore that currently surrounds the IZOD, does this seem like a cozy place for him to burrow for one, possibly two seasons waiting on a Brooklyn Miracle.
James Patrick Burrows and Jeffrey Scott McFry went missing 22 years ago after allegedly stealing marijuana from drug kingpin David Ronald Chandler.
The student body president at Washington and Lee University, Steele Burrow, has a heavy responsibility.
This 4.4-mile out-and-back tags Camels Hump , Vermont's third highest peak, via the Burrows Trail.
Because she is something of a burrower, she can be under a blanket, licking away, without our being aware of it.
Allyn Burrows as Macbeth (Stratton McCrady).
Lee Burrows would be completely proud, in love, and on board with the gallery revamp.
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In science:

Effros, M., Visweswariah, K., Kulkarni, S.R., Verdu, S., Universal lossless source coding with the Burrows Wheeler transform.
Universal Codes as a Basis for Nonparametric Testing of Serial Independence for Time Series
We follow the methods based on Epstein (1978); M¨uller & Janka (1997); Burrows & Hayes (1996); Kotake et al. (2006) in order to compute the gravitational waveform from anisotropic neutrino emissions.
Gravitational Radiation from Standing Accretion Shock Instability in Core-Collapse Supernovae
It should be noted that the larger oscillations of the protoneutron star in the postbounce phase (Burrows et al. 2006) and the resulting efficient gravitational emissions (Ott et al. 2006) cannot be treated in principle here.
Gravitational Radiation from Standing Accretion Shock Instability in Core-Collapse Supernovae
We are still looking for a memorable, clean mnemonic for the sequence OBAFGKMLT, but type L may disappear at low metallicity (Burrows et al. 2006a).
Astrophysics in 2006
The Western Australia Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM) Spinifex model (Burrows et al., 1991) was developed from 41 experimental fires conducted in predominantly spinifex (Triodia basedowii and Plectrachne schinzii ) fuels on relatively flat sand plains.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
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