Meaning of BARRIER in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈber-ē-ər, ˈba-rē- ]


Etymology: Middle English barrere, from Anglo-French, from barre bar

Date: 14th century


a. : something material that blocks or is intended to block passage

highway barrier s

a barrier contraceptive

b. : a natural formation or structure that prevents or hinders movement or action

geographic barrier s to species dissemination

barrier beaches

drugs that cross the placental barrier

2. plural , often capitalized : a medieval war game in which combatants fight on foot with a fence or railing between them

3. : something immaterial that impedes or separates : obstacle

behavioral barrier s

trade barrier s

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.