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bur•ton1  (bûrtn),USA pronunciation n. [Naut.]
  1. Nautical, Naval Termsany of various small tackles for use on shipboard.
  2. Nautical, Naval TermsSee  Spanish burton. 
  • 1695–1705; probably by metathesis from Breton (takles), Brytton (takles) (late 15th cent.); see Breton, Briton

bur•ton2  (bûrtn),USA pronunciation n.  go for a burton, [Brit. Slang.]
  1. British Termsto be lost, missing, or destroyed.
  2. British Termsto die.
  • origin, originally disputed 1940–45

Bur•ton  (bûrtn),USA pronunciation n. 
    Harold Hitz  (bûrtn),USA pronunciation 1888–1964, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1945–58.
  1. BiographicalRichard (Richard Jenkins), 1925–84, English actor, born in Wales.
  2. BiographicalSir Richard Francis, 1821–90, English explorer, Orientalist, and writer.
  3. BiographicalRobert ("Democritus Junior''), 1577–1640, English clergyman and author.
  4. Place Namesa town in central Michigan. 29,976.
  5. a male given name.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
burton /ˈbɜːtən/ n
  1. go for a burtonBrit slang to be broken, useless, or lost
  2. to die
Etymology: 15th Century: of uncertain origin
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
Burton, +n. 
  • BiographicalRichard (Richard Jenkins), 1925–84, English actor, born in Wales.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    Burton /ˈbɜːtən/ n
    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), Ed Wood (1994), and Big Fish (2003)
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