Burying beetle(Zoöl.), the general name of many species of beetles, of the tribe Necrophaga; the sexton beetle; — so called from their habit of burying small dead animals by digging away the earth beneath

1. A sudden breaking forth; a violent rending; an explosion; as, a burst of thunder; a burst of applause; a burst of passion; a burst of inspiration.

Bursts of fox-hunting melody.
W. Irving.

2. Any brief, violent exertion or effort; a spurt; as, a burst of speed.

3. A sudden opening, as of landscape; a stretch; an expanse. [R.] "A fine burst of country." Jane Austen.

4. A rupture or hernia; a breach.

(Burst"en) p. p. of Burst, v. i. [Obs.]

(Burst"er) n. One that bursts.

(Burst"wort`) n. (Bot.) A plant (Herniaria glabra) supposed to be valuable for the cure of hernia or rupture.

(Burt) n. (Zoöl.) See Birt. [Prov. Eng.]

(Bur"then) n. & v. t. See Burden. [Archaic]

(Bur"ton) n. [Cf. OE. & Prov. E. bort to press or indent anything.] (Naut.) A peculiar tackle, formed of two or more blocks, or pulleys, the weight being suspended to a hook block in the bight of the running part.

(Bur"y) n. [See 1st Borough.]

1. A borough; a manor; as, the Bury of St. Edmond's; — used as a termination of names of places; as, Canterbury, Shrewsbury.

2. A manor house; a castle. [Prov. Eng.]

To this very day, the chief house of a manor, or the lord's seat, is called bury, in some parts of England.

(Bur"y) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Buried ; p. pr. & vb. n. Burying ] [OE. burien, birien, berien, AS. byrgan; akin to beorgan to protect, OHG. bergan, G. bergen, Icel. bjarga, Sw. berga, Dan. bierge, Goth. baírgan. &radic95. Cf. Burrow.]

1. To cover out of sight, either by heaping something over, or by placing within something, as earth, etc.; to conceal by covering; to hide; as, to bury coals in ashes; to bury the face in the hands.

And all their confidence
Under the weight of mountains buried deep.

2. Specifically: To cover out of sight, as the body of a deceased person, in a grave, a tomb, or the ocean; to deposit (a corpse) in its resting place, with funeral ceremonies; to inter; to inhume.

Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
Matt. viii. 21.

I'll bury thee in a triumphant grave.

3. To hide in oblivion; to put away finally; to abandon; as, to bury strife.

Give me a bowl of wine
In this I bury all unkindness, Cassius.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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