(Bu*reau"cra*cy) n. [Bureau + Gr. to be strong, to govern, strength: cf. F. bureaucratie.]
1. A system of carrying on the business of government by means of departments or bureaus, each
under the control of a chief, in contradiction to a system in which the officers of government have an
associated authority and responsibility; also, government conducted on this system.
2. Government officials, collectively.
(Bu*reau"crat) n. An official of a bureau; esp. an official confirmed in a narrow and arbitrary
routine. C. Kingsley.
(Bu`reau*crat"ic Bu`reau*crat"ic*al) a. [Cf. F. bureaucratique.] Of, relating to, or resembling,
(Bu*reau"cra*tist) n. An advocate for , or supporter of, bureaucracy.
(Bur"el) n. & a. Same as Borrel.
(||Bu*rette") n. [F., can, cruet, dim. of buire flagon.] (Chem.) An apparatus for delivering measured
quantities of liquid or for measuring the quantity of liquid or gas received or discharged. It consists essentially
of a graduated glass tube, usually furnished with a small aperture and stopcock.
(Bur" fish`) (Zoöl.) A spinose, plectognath fish of the Allantic coast of the United States (esp.
Chilo mycterus geometricus) having the power of distending its body with water or air, so as to resemble
a chestnut bur; called also ball fish, balloon fish, and swellfish.
(Burg) n. [AS. burh, burg, cf. LL. burgus. See 1st Borough.]
1. A fortified town. [Obs.]
2. A borough. [Eng.] See 1st Borough.
(Burg"age) n. [From Burg: cf. F. bourgage, LL. burgagium.] (Eng. Law) A tenure by which
houses or lands are held of the king or other lord of a borough or city; at a certain yearly rent, or by
services relating to trade or handicraft. Burrill.
(Bur"gall) n. (Zoöl.) A small marine fish; also called cunner.
(Bur"ga*mot) n. See Bergamot.
(Bur"ga*net) n. See Burgonet.
1. A kind of small coat.