Meaning of BAR in English


bar 1

— barless , adj. — barrable , adj.

/bahr/ , n. , v. , barred, barring , prep.


1. a relatively long, evenly shaped piece of some solid substance, as metal or wood, used as a guard or obstruction or for some mechanical purpose: the bars of a cage.

2. an oblong piece of any solid material: a bar of soap; a candy bar.

3. the amount of material in a bar.

4. an ingot, lump, or wedge of gold or silver.

5. a long ridge of sand, gravel, or other material near or slightly above the surface of the water at or near the mouth of a river or harbor entrance, often constituting an obstruction to navigation.

6. anything that obstructs, hinders, or impedes; obstacle; barrier: a bar to important legislation.

7. a counter or place where beverages, esp. liquors, or light meals are served to customers: a snack bar; a milk bar.

8. a barroom or tavern.

9. (in a home) a counter, small wagon, or similar piece of furniture for serving food or beverages: a breakfast bar.

10. the legal profession.

11. the practicing members of the legal profession in a given community.

12. any tribunal: the bar of public opinion.

13. a band or strip: a bar of light.

14. a railing in a courtroom separating the general public from the part of the room occupied by the judges, jury, attorneys, etc.

15. a crowbar.

16. Music.

a. Also called bar line . the line marking the division between two measures of music.

b. See double bar .

c. the unit of music contained between two bar lines; measure.

17. Ballet. barre.

18. Law.

a. an objection that nullifies an action or claim.

b. a stoppage or defeat of an alleged right of action.

19. Typography. a horizontal stroke of a type character, as of an A, H, t, and sometimes e.

20. Archit. (in tracery) a relatively long and slender upright of stone treated as a colonette or molded.

21. Building Trades.

a. an iron or steel shape: I-bar.

b. a muntin.

22. Mil. one of a pair of metal or cloth insignia worn by certain commissioned officers.

23. bars , the transverse ridges on the roof of the mouth of a horse.

24. a space between the molar and canine teeth of a horse into which the bit is fitted.

25. (in a bridle) the mouthpiece connecting the cheeks.

26. bride 2 (def. 1).

27. Heraldry. a horizontal band, narrower than a fess, that crosses the field of an escutcheon.

28. Obs. a gateway capable of being barred.

29. at bar , Law.

a. before the court and being tried: a case at bar.

b. before all the judges of a court: a trial at bar.

30. behind bars, in jail: We wanted the criminal behind bars.


31. to equip or fasten with a bar or bars: Bar the door before retiring for the night.

32. to block by or as if by bars: The police barred the exits in an attempt to prevent the thief's escape.

33. to prevent or hinder: They barred her entrance to the club.

34. to exclude or except: He was barred from membership because of his reputation.

35. to mark with bars, stripes, or bands.


36. except; omitting; but: bar none.

[ 1175-1225; ME barre *barra rod, of obscure, perh. of pre-L orig. ]

Syn. 1. rod, pole. 5. shoal, reef, bank, sand bar. 6. deterrent, stop. BAR, BARRIER, BARRICADE mean something put in the way of advance. BAR has the general meaning of hindrance or obstruction: a bar across the doorway. BARRIER suggests an impediment to progress or a defensive obstruction (natural or artificial): a trade barrier; a mountain barrier; a road barrier. A BARRICADE is esp. a pile of articles hastily gathered or a rude earthwork for protection in street fighting: a barricade of wooden boxes. 7. saloon, café; cocktail lounge. 32, 33 . obstruct, deter, impede, barricade. 34. eliminate.

bar 2

/bahr/ , n.

See mosquito net .

[ 1770-80; bère, baire, appar. repr. dial. pron. of F barre barrier, BAR 1 ]

bar 3

/bahr/ , n. Physics.

1. a centimeter-gram-second unit of pressure, equal to one million dynes per square centimeter.

2. (formerly) microbar. Abbr.: b

[ 1900-05; báros weight; cf. BAROMETER, ISOBAR ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .