What does burl mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. burlnoun

    the wood cut from a tree burl or outgrowth; often used decoratively in veneer

  2. burlnoun

    a large rounded outgrowth on the trunk or branch of a tree

  3. slub, knot, burlverb

    soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design

  4. burlverb

    remove the burls from cloth


  1. burlnoun

    A tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner.

  2. burlnoun

    Wood of a mottled veneer, usually cut from such a growth.

  3. burlnoun

    A knot or lump in thread or cloth.

  4. burlverb

    To remove the knots in cloth.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Burlverb

    To dress cloth as fullers do. Dict.


  1. burl

    Burlington, formerly known as Burlington Coat Factory, is an American national off-price department store retailer, and a division of Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corporation with more than 1,000 stores in 40 states and Puerto Rico, with its corporate headquarters located in Burlington Township, New Jersey. In 2007, it was acquired by Bain Capital in a transaction and in 2008, Tom Kingsbury became president and CEO. The company went public again in 2013. Burlington is the third largest off-price retailer after TJX Companies and Ross Stores.


  1. burl

    A burl is a round and swollen growth on a tree, usually caused by disease, injury, or other type of stress. It has a gnarly, uneven appearance and is often characterized by intricate and distinctive patterns in the wood. These unique patterns and complex grain structures make burls a highly prized material in woodcraft, particularly for making furniture and artistic items.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Burlverb

    to dress or finish up (cloth); to pick knots, burs, loose threads, etc., from, as in finishing cloth

  2. Burlnoun

    a knot or lump in thread or cloth

  3. Burlnoun

    an overgrown knot, or an excrescence, on a tree; also, veneer made from such excrescences


  1. Burl

    A burl or bur or burr is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. It is commonly found in the form of a rounded outgrowth on a tree trunk or branch that is filled with small knots from dormant buds.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Burl

    burl, n. a small knot in thread, a knot in wood.—v.t. to pick knots, &c., from, in finishing cloth.—ns. Bur′ling-ī′ron; Bur′ling-machine′.—adj. Bur′ly, knotty.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BURL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Burl is ranked #31482 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Burl surname appeared 735 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Burl.

    52.6% or 387 total occurrences were Black.
    42.1% or 310 total occurrences were White.
    1.7% or 13 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.6% or 12 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.9% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.8% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of burl in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of burl in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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