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burton1

[bur-tn] /ˈbɜr tn/
noun, Nautical
1.
any of various small tackles for use on shipboard.
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; probably by metathesis from Breton (takles), Brytton (takles) (late 15th cent.); see Breton, Briton

burton2

[bur-tn] /ˈbɜr tn/
Verb phrases
1.
go for a burton, British Slang.
  1. to be lost, missing, or destroyed.
  2. to die.
Origin
1940-45; orig. disputed

Burton

[bur-tn] /ˈbɜr tn/
noun
1.
Harold Hitz
[hits] /hɪts/ (Show IPA),
1888–1964, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1945–58.
2.
Sir Richard (Richard Jenkins) 1925–84, English actor, born in Wales.
3.
Sir Richard Francis, 1821–90, English explorer, Orientalist, and writer.
4.
Robert ("Democritus Junior") 1577–1640, English clergyman and author.
5.
a town in central Michigan.
6.
a male given name.
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  • The party was attacked and burton and speke were both severely wounded.
  • burton snowboards, a snowboard & snow sportswear manufacturer.
British Dictionary definitions for burton

burton

/ˈbɜːtən/
noun
1.
(nautical) a kind of light hoisting tackle
2.
(Brit, slang) go for a burton
  1. to be broken, useless, or lost
  2. to die
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin

Burton

/ˈbɜːtən/
noun
1.
Sir Richard Francis. 1821–90, English explorer, Orientalist, and writer who discovered Lake Tanganyika with John Speke (1858); produced the first unabridged translation of The Thousand Nights and a Night (1885–88)
2.
Richard, real name Richard Jenkins. 1925–84, Welsh stage and film actor: films include Becket (1964), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), and Equus (1977)
3.
Robert, pen name Democritus Junior. 1577–1640, English clergyman, scholar, and writer, noted for his Anatomy of Melancholy (1621)
4.
Tim. born 1958, US film director whose work includes Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Corpse Bride (2005), and Alice in Wonderland (2010)
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