Meaning of BARREL in English

BARREL

/ ˈbærəl; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

1.

a large round container, usually made of wood or metal, with flat ends and, usually, curved sides :

a beer / wine barrel

2.

the contents of or the amount contained in a barrel; a unit of measurement in the oil industry equal to between 120 and 159 litres :

They got through two barrels of beer.

Oil prices fell to $9 a barrel.

3.

the part of a gun like a tube through which the bullets are fired

IDIOMS

- a barrel of laughs

- (get / have sb) over a barrel

—more at lock noun , scrape verb , shoot verb

■ verb

( -l- ) [ v + adv. / prep. ] ( NAmE , informal ) to move very fast in a particular direction, especially in a way that you cannot control :

He came barreling down the hill and smashed into a phone booth.

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : from Old French baril , from medieval Latin barriclus small cask.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.