Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BOORD, Burd, n. and v. [bu:rd]

1. n. The grain of a stone; the natural plane of cleavage. Cf. Awte, n., 2, and Bort, v. and n. Mry. 1935 4 :
Quarryman, proceeding to break up stone: “I think ye wud hae the least brock if ye war to tak' her be the boord.”

2. v. “To split a stratified stone” (Cai.7 1935). Sc. 1808  Jam.:
Stones are said to be burdit, when they split into lamina, perhaps from burd, a board; q[uasi] like wood divided into thin planks.

[This is prob. an extended meaning of Mid.Eng. bord, a plank.]

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