Meaning of BARRIER in English

/bar"ee euhr/ , n.

1. anything built or serving to bar passage, as a railing, fence, or the like: People may pass through the barrier only when their train is announced.

2. any natural bar or obstacle: a mountain barrier.

3. anything that restrains or obstructs progress, access, etc.: a trade barrier.

4. a limit or boundary of any kind: the barriers of caste.

5. Physical Geog. an antarctic ice shelf or ice front.

6. See barrier beach .

7. barriers , Hist. the palisade or railing surrounding the ground where tourneys and jousts were carried on.

8. Archaic. a fortress or stockade.

[ 1275-1325; ME barriere ( barre BAR 1 + -iere -aria -ARY); r. ME barrere barrera ]

Syn. 1. palisade, wall. 1-3 . obstruction, hindrance, impediment. See bar 1 .

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