burrow definition

  • noun:
    • A hole or tunnel dug within the surface by a small pet, such as a rabbit or mole, for habitation or refuge.
    • A narrow or snug place.
    • A tunnel or gap, often as dug by a little animal.
    • An incorporated city. See 1st borough.
    • A shelter; esp. a hole into the surface created by certain creatures, as rabbits, for protection and habitation.
    • A heap or heaps of rubbish or refuse.
    • A mound. See 3d Barrow, and Camp, n., 5.
    • An obsolete spelling of borough.
    • A barrow; a mound. Sir T. Browne. See barrow.
    • In mining, the heap of refuse rock at the mouth of a shaft, or entry of an adit-level or tunnel.
    • A hole in the floor excavated by an animal, as a rabbit or a marmot, as a refuge and habitation.
    • [Perhaps in ref. toward typically circular model of piles; cf. the equiv. Sc. brough, otherwise referred to burrow = borough = brough, q. v. In mod. English dial. abbr. burr.] A circle. Compare bur, burr, 2.
    • A variant of borrow.
    • a hole made by an animal, generally for housing
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To dig a hole or tunnel for habitation or refuge.
    • to reside or cover such someplace.
    • To Maneuver or advance by or as if by digging or tunneling: "Abruptly the train is burrowing through the pinewoods” ( William Styron).
    • To excavate a hole to lodge in, as with our planet; to lodge in a hole excavated in earth, as conies or rabbits.
    • To lodge, and take refuge, in every deep or concealed place; to hide.
  • verb-transitive:
    • In order to make by or as though by tunneling.
    • To dig a hole or tunnel in or through.
    • Archaic to full cover up in or as if in a burrow.
  • verb:
    • To dig a tunnel or gap.
    • move through by or as by looking
  • others:
    • to create a hole or burrow to lodge in, such as the earth; work a way into or under something.
    • To lodge in a burrow; in a far more basic good sense, to lodge in any deep or concealed spot; conceal.
    • To perforate with a burrow or just like burrows.

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