— 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.
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.
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.
/bahr/ , n.
See mosquito net .
[ 1770-80; bère, baire, appar. repr. dial. pron. of F barre barrier, BAR 1 ]
/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 ]