Definition of burin in English:


Syllabification: bu·rin
Pronunciation: /ˈbyo͞orin


  • 1A steel tool used for engraving in copper or wood.
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    • When Bellori chose portraits for his Lives, by a still unidentified artist, he or his amanuensis decided to include such props as a book for Nicolas Poussin and a burin for Agostino Carracci.
    • He wields the knife much as the engraver guides his burin over the plate… Marsyas is… a martyr for art.
    • By manipulating the plate with his left hand in harmony with the motions of the burin, the engraver can facilitate the direction of the lines, as well as steadying the plate.
  • 1.1 Archaeology A flint tool with a chisel point.
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    • This will hold burins and small denticulate flints.
    • Stone tools include delicately made blades, microburins, burins, scrapers, and adzes.
    • These tools can be made on spans derived from burin blows or may occur on the ends of complete blades or blade segments.


mid 17th century: from French; perhaps related to Old High German bora 'boring tool'.

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