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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

B'AR, n. [If these words are the Eng.bar, the sense is a shoot, that which shoots, passes or is driven.]
1. A piece of wood,iron or other solid matte, long in proportion to its diameter, used for various purposes, but especially for a hindrance or obstruction; as the bars of a fence or gate; the bar of a door or hatchway. Numb.iii.36. Ex.xxvi.26.
2. Any obstacle which obstructs, hinders or defends; an obstruction; a fortification. Amos 1.
Must I new bars to my own joy create.
3. The shore of the sea, which restrains its waters. Job 38.
4. The railing that incloses the place which counsel occupy in courts of justice. Hence the phrase, at the bar of the court, signifies in open court. Hence also licensed lawyers are called barristers; and hence the whole body of lawyers licensed in a court, are customarily called the bar. A trial at bar, in England, is a trial in the courts of Westminster, opposed to a trial at Nisi Prius, in the circuits.
5. Figuratively, any tribunal; as the bar of public opinion. Thus the final trial of men is called the bar of God.
6. The inclosed place of a tavern, inn or coffee house, where the landlord or his servant delivers out liquors,and waits upon customers.
7. A bank of sand, gravel or earth, forming a shoal at the mouth of a river or harbor, obstructing entrance, or rendering it difficult.
8. A rock in the sea, according to Brown; or any thing by which structure is held together, according to Johnson; used in JoNahum 2.
9. Any thing laid across another, as bars in heraldlry, stripes in color,and the like.
10. In the menage, the highest part of the place in a horse's mouth between the grinders and tusks, so that the part of the mouth which lies under and at the side of the bars, retains the name of the gum. The upper part of the gums, which bears no teeth, and to which the bit is applied.
11. In music, bars are lines drawn perpendicularly across the lines of the staff, including between each two, a certain quantity of time, or number of beats.
12. In law, a peremptory exception sufficient to destroy the plaintiff's action. It is divided into a bar to common intendment, and bar special; bar temporary and bar perpetual. Bar to common intendment is an ordinary or general bar, which disables the declaration of the plaintiff. A special bar is more than ordinary, as a fine, release, or justification. A temporary bar is that which is good for a time, but may afterwards cease. A perpetual bar overthrows the action of the plaintiff forever.
13. A bar of gold or silver,is an ingot, lump or wedge, from the mines, run in a mold, and unwrought. A bar of iron is a long piece, wrought in the forge and hammered from a pig.
14. Among printers, the iron with a wooden handle,by which the screw of the press is turned.
15. In the African trade, a denomination of price; payment formerly being made to the Africans in iron bars.
B'AR, v.t. To fasten with a bar; as, to bar a door, or gate.
2. To hinder; to obstruct, or prevent; as, to bar the entrance of evil.
3. To prevent; to exclude; to hinder; to make impracticable; as, the distance between us bars our intercourse. In this sense, the phrase is often varied, thus; the distance bars me from his aid, or bars him from my aid.
4. To prohibit; to restrain or exclude by express or implied prohibition; as, the statute bars my right; the law bars the use of poisoned weapons.
5. To obstruct, prevent or hinder by any moral obstacle; as, the right is barred by time, or by statute; a release bars the plaintiff's recovery.
6. To except; to exclude by exception; as, I bar to night.
7. To cross with stripes of a different color.
8. To bar a vein, in farriery, is an operation upon the legs of a horse, or other parts, to stop malignant humors. This is done by opening the skin above a vein, disengaging it and tying it both above and below, and striking between the two ligatures.
9. To adorn with trappings; a contraction of barb. [See Barb.]
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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter; "he drowned his sorrows in whiskey at the bar" [syn: barroom, bar, saloon, ginmill, taproom]
2: a counter where you can obtain food or drink; "he bought a hot dog and a coke at the bar"
3: a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon; "there were bars in the windows to prevent escape"
4: musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats; "the orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song" [syn: measure, bar]
5: an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal; "it was an excellent kick but the ball hit the bar"
6: the act of preventing; "there was no bar against leaving"; "money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of influenza" [syn: prevention, bar]
7: (meteorology) a unit of pressure equal to a million dynes per square centimeter; "unfortunately some writers have used bar for one dyne per square centimeter"
8: a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore; "the boat ran aground on a submerged bar in the river"
9: the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction; "he was admitted to the bar in New Jersey" [syn: legal profession, bar, legal community]
10: a narrow marking of a different color or texture from the background; "a green toad with small black stripes or bars"; "may the Stars and Stripes forever wave" [syn: stripe, streak, bar]
11: a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax); "a bar of chocolate" [syn: cake, bar]
12: a portable .30 caliber automatic rifle operated by gas pressure and fed by cartridges from a magazine; used by United States troops in World War I and in World War II and in the Korean War [syn: Browning automatic rifle, BAR]
13: a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises
14: a heating element in an electric fire; "an electric fire with three bars"
15: (law) a railing that encloses the part of the courtroom where the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried; "spectators were not allowed past the bar" v
1: prevent from entering; keep out; "He was barred from membership in the club" [syn: bar, debar, exclude]
2: render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road" [syn: barricade, block, blockade, stop, block off, block up, bar]
3: expel, as if by official decree; "he was banished from his own country" [syn: banish, relegate, bar]
4: secure with, or as if with, bars; "He barred the door" [ant: unbar]

Merriam Webster's

abbreviation Baruch

Merriam Webster's

abbreviation bachelor of architecture

Merriam Webster's

abbreviation Browning automatic rifle

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English barre, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *barra Date: 12th century 1. a. a straight piece (as of wood or metal) that is longer than it is wide and has any of various uses (as for a lever, support, barrier, or fastening) b. a solid piece or block of material that is longer than it is wide <a bar of gold> <a candy bar> c. a usually rigid piece (as of wood or metal) longer than it is wide that is used as a handle or support; especially a handrail used by ballet dancers to maintain balance while exercising 2. something that obstructs or prevents passage, progress, or action: as a. the destruction of an action or claim in law; also a plea or objection that effects such destruction b. an intangible or nonphysical impediment c. a submerged or partly submerged bank (as of sand) along a shore or in a river often obstructing navigation 3. a. (1) the railing in a courtroom that encloses the place about the judge where prisoners are stationed or where the business of the court is transacted in civil cases (2) court, tribunal (3) a particular system of courts (4) an authority or tribunal that hands down judgment b. (1) the barrier in the English Inns of Court that formerly separated the seats of the benchers or readers from the body of the hall occupied by the students (2) the whole body of barristers or lawyers qualified to practice in the courts of any jurisdiction (3) the profession of barrister or lawyer 4. a straight stripe, band, or line much longer than it is wide: as a. one of two or more horizontal stripes on a heraldic shield b. a metal or embroidered strip worn on a usually military uniform especially to indicate rank (as of a company officer) or service 5. a. a counter at which food or especially alcoholic beverages are served b. barroom c. shop 2b 6. a. a vertical line across the musical staff before the initial measure accent b. measure 7. a lace and embroidery joining covered with buttonhole stitch for connecting various parts of the pattern in needlepoint lace and cutwork 8. standard <wants to raise the bar for approving new drugs> II. transitive verb (barred; barring) Date: 13th century 1. a. to fasten with a bar b. to place bars across to prevent ingress or egress <bar the door> 2. to mark with bars ; stripe 3. a. to confine or shut in by or as if by bars b. to set aside ; rule out <did not bar the possibility of further measures> c. to keep out ; exclude <barring him from the club> 4. a. to interpose legal objection to or to the claim of b. prevent, forbid <a decision barring his participation> III. preposition Date: 1714 except <the country's most popular actor, bar none> IV. noun Etymology: German, from Greek baros Date: 1910 a unit of pressure equal to 100,000 pascals V. abbreviation 1. barometer; barometric 2. barrel

U.S. Military Dictionary

A submerged or emerged embankment of sand, gravel, or mud created on the sea floor in shallow water by waves and currents. A bar may be composed of mollusk shells. (JP 4-01.6)

Oxford Reference Dictionary

1. n., v., & prep. --n. 1 a long rod or piece of rigid wood, metal, etc., esp. used as an obstruction, confinement, fastening, weapon, etc. 2 a something resembling a bar in being (thought of as) straight, narrow, and rigid (bar of soap; bar of chocolate). b a band of colour or light, esp. on a flat surface. c the heating element of an electric fire. d = CROSSBAR. e Brit. a metal strip below the clasp of a medal, awarded as an extra distinction. f a sandbank or shoal at the mouth of a harbour or an estuary. g Brit. a rail marking the end of each chamber in the Houses of Parliament. h Heraldry a narrow horizontal stripe across a shield. 3 a a barrier of any shape. b a restriction (colour bar; a bar to promotion). 4 a a counter in a public house, restaurant, or café across which alcohol or refreshments are served. b a room in a public house in which customers may sit and drink. c US a public house. d a small shop or stall serving refreshments (snack bar). e a specialized department in a large store (heel bar). 5 a an enclosure in which a prisoner stands in a lawcourt. b a public standard of acceptability, before which a person is said to be tried (bar of conscience). c a plea arresting an action or claim in a law case. d a particular court of law. 6 Mus. a any of the sections of usu. equal time-value into which a musical composition is divided by vertical lines across the staff. b = bar-line. 7 (the Bar) Law a barristers collectively. b the profession of barrister. --v.tr. (barred, barring) 1 a fasten (a door, window, etc.) with a bar or bars. b (usu. foll. by in, out) shut or keep in or out (barred him in). 2 obstruct, prevent (bar his progress). 3 a (usu. foll. by from) prohibit, exclude (bar them from attending). b exclude from consideration (cf. BARRING). 4 mark with stripes. 5 Law prevent or delay (an action) by objection. --prep. 1 except (all were there bar a few). 2 Racing except (the horses indicated: used in stating the odds, indicating the number of horses excluded) (33-1 bar three). Phrases and idioms: bar billiards a form of billiards in which balls are knocked into holes in the table. bar chart a chart using bars to represent quantity. bar-code a machine-readable code in the form of a pattern of stripes printed on and identifying a commodity, used esp. for stock-control. bar-line Mus. a vertical line used to mark divisions between bars. bar none with no exceptions. bar person a barmaid or barman. bar sinister = bend sinister (see BEND(2)). bar tracery tracery with strips of stone across an aperture. be called to the Bar Brit. be admitted as a barrister. be called within the Bar Brit. be appointed a Queen's Counsel. behind bars in prison. the outer Bar barristers who are not Queen's Counsels. Etymology: ME f. OF barre, barrer, f. Rmc 2. n. esp. Meteorol. a unit of pressure, 10(5) newton per square metre, approx. one atmosphere. Etymology: Gk baros weight

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bar Bar (b[aum]r), n. [OE. barre, F. barre, fr. LL. barra, W. bar the branch of a tree, bar, baren branch, Gael. & Ir. barra bar. [root]91.] 1. A piece of wood, metal, or other material, long in proportion to its breadth or thickness, used as a lever and for various other purposes, but especially for a hindrance, obstruction, or fastening; as, the bars of a fence or gate; the bar of a door. Thou shalt make bars of shittim wood. --Ex. xxvi. 26. 2. An indefinite quantity of some substance, so shaped as to be long in proportion to its breadth and thickness; as, a bar of gold or of lead; a bar of soap. 3. Anything which obstructs, hinders, or prevents; an obstruction; a barrier. Must I new bars to my own joy create? --Dryden.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bar Bar (b[aum]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Barred (b[aum]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Barring.] [ F. barrer. See Bar, n.] 1. To fasten with a bar; as, to bar a door or gate. 2. To restrict or confine, as if by a bar; to hinder; to obstruct; to prevent; to prohibit; as, to bar the entrance of evil; distance bars our intercourse; the statute bars my right; the right is barred by time; a release bars the plaintiff's recovery; -- sometimes with up. He barely looked the idea in the face, and hastened to bar it in its dungeon. --Hawthorne. 3. To except; to exclude by exception. Nay, but I bar to-night: you shall not gauge me By what we do to-night. --Shak. 4. To cross with one or more stripes or lines. For the sake of distinguishing the feet more clearly, I have barred them singly. --Burney.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(bars, barring, barred) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. A bar is a place where you can buy and drink alcoholic drinks. (mainly AM) ...Devil's Herd, the city's most popular country-western bar. N-COUNT 2. A bar is a room in a pub or hotel where alcoholic drinks are served. (BRIT) I'll see you in the bar later... On the ship there are video lounges, a bar and a small duty-free shop. N-COUNT 3. A bar is a counter on which alcoholic drinks are served. Michael was standing alone by the bar when Brian rejoined him... He leaned forward across the bar. N-COUNT see also coffee bar, public bar, singles bar, snack bar, wine bar 4. A bar is a long, straight, stiff piece of metal. ...a brick building with bars across the ground floor windows. ...a crowd throwing stones and iron bars. N-COUNT 5. If you say that someone is behind bars, you mean that they are in prison. Fisher was behind bars last night, charged with attempted murder... Nearly 5,000 people a year are put behind bars over motoring penalties. PHRASE: PHR after v, v-link PHR 6. A bar of something is a piece of it which is roughly rectangular. What is your favourite chocolate bar? ...a bar of soap. N-COUNT: with supp 7. If you bar a door, you place something in front of it or a piece of wood or metal across it in order to prevent it from being opened. For added safety, bar the door to the kitchen. VERB: V n barred The windows were closed and shuttered, the door was barred. ADJ: usu v-link ADJ 8. If you bar someone's way, you prevent them from going somewhere or entering a place, by blocking their path. He stepped in front of her, barring her way. = block VERB: V n 9. If someone is barred from a place or from doing something, they are officially forbidden to go there or to do it. Amnesty workers have been barred from Sri Lanka since 1982... Many jobs were barred to them. = ban VERB: usu passive, be V-ed from n, be V-ed to n 10. If something is a bar to doing a particular thing, it prevents someone from doing it. One of the fundamental bars to communication is the lack of a universally spoken, common language... N-COUNT: usu N to n/-ing 11. If you say that there are no holds barred when people are fighting or competing for something, you mean that they are no longer following any rules in their efforts to win. It is a war with no holds barred and we must prepare to resist... PHRASE 12. You can use bar when you mean 'except'. For example, all the work bar the washing means all the work except the washing. Bar a plateau in 1989, there has been a rise in inflation ever since the mid-1980's... The aim of the service was to offer everything the independent investor wanted, bar advice. = save PREP see also barring You use bar none to add emphasis to a statement that someone or something is the best of their kind. He is simply the best goalscorer we have ever had, bar none. = without exception PHRASE [emphasis] 13. The Bar is used to refer to the profession of a barrister in England, or of any kind of lawyer in the United States. Robert was planning to read for the Bar. N-PROPER: the N 14. In music, a bar is one of the several short parts of the same length into which a piece of music is divided. (mainly BRIT; in AM, use measure) N-COUNT

Easton's Bible Dictionary

used to denote the means by which a door is bolted (Neh. 3:3); a rock in the sea (Jonah 2:6); the shore of the sea (Job 38:10); strong fortifications and powerful impediments, etc. (Isa. 45:2; Amos 1:5); defences of a city (1 Kings 4:13). A bar for a door was of iron (Isa. 45:2), brass (Ps. 107:16), or wood (Nah. 3:13).

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. 1. Rod, pole, grating, cross-piece, casting, ingot. 2. Obstacle, hindrance, obstruction, barrier, barricade, stop, impediment. 3. Rail, railing. 4. Tribunal, judgment-seat. 5. Body of lawyers, legal fraternity. 6. Shoal, sand-bank, shallow, bank, sandbar. II. v. a. 1. Fasten with a bar. 2. Hinder, obstruct, stop, prevent, prohibit, restrain. 3. Exclude, shut out.

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Hershey bar, Maypole, abscind, accent, accent mark, achievement, ait, alehouse, alerion, ambo, amputate, animal charge, annihilate, annulet, anticipate, arch dam, archipelago, argent, armorial bearings, armory, arms, aside from, atoll, avert, aviation badge, azure, backstop, badge, bamboo curtain, ban, band, bandeau, bang, banish, bank, bar line, bar out, bar sinister, barrage, barrel house, barricade, barrier, barring, barroom, bate, baton, batten, batten down, beam, bear-trap dam, bearings, beaver dam, beer garden, beer parlor, belt, bench, bend, bend sinister, beside, besides, bespangle, bespeckle, bespot, billet, bind, bistro, blank wall, blazon, blazonry, blind alley, blind gut, blind tiger, block, block up, blockade, blockage, blotch, board, bob, bolt, boom, boozer, bordure, bottleneck, boycott, brace, brake, breakwater, breastwork, brick wall, broad arrow, bucket shop, buffer, buffet, bulkhead, bulkhead in, bullion, bulwark, bung, but, button, button up, cabaret, cadency mark, cafe, cancel, cant hook, cantina, canton, caulk, cay, cecum, chaplet, character, charge, check, checker, checkrein, chevron, chicken, chief, chink, chock, choke, choke off, choke up, choking, choking off, circumscribe, circumscription, clap, claw bar, clip, clog, clog up, close, close off, close out, close tight, close up, coat of arms, cockatrice, cocktail lounge, cofferdam, coin gold, coin silver, confine, congest, congestion, constipate, constipation, constrict, contain, continental island, contract, control, copper, coral head, coral island, coral reef, cork, coronet, costiveness, counsel, count out, counter, cover, crack, crank, craze, crescent, crest, crisscross, crop, cross, cross moline, cross-hatching, crossbar, crosscut, crow, crowbar, crowd, crown, cruciate, cul-de-sac, cull, curb, custos, cut, cut across, cut away, cut off, cut out, dam, dam up, dapple, dash, dead end, debar, debarment, debarring, decussate, defense, deflect, degree, delimit, delimitate, delineation, demarcation, deny, deport, desk, deter, device, diagonal, difference, differencing, difficulty, dike, direct, disallow, discourage, disenable, dishearten, disqualify, ditch, dive, dock, dog, dot, dotted line, dramshop, drinkery, drinking saloon, eagle, earthwork, eliminate, embankment, embargo, embolism, embolus, encumbrance, enjoin, enucleate, epaulet, eradicate, ermine, ermines, erminites, erminois, escritoire, escutcheon, estop, ex, except, except for, excepting, exception, excise, exclude, exclude from, excluding, exclusion, exclusive of, exile, expression mark, extinguish, extirpate, falcon, fasten, fence, fend, fend off, fermata, fess, fess point, field, file, fill, fill up, flagstaff, flake, flanch, flat, fleck, fleur-de-lis, fold, fold up, forbid, ford, foreclose, forestall, foul, freckle, freeze out, fret, fur, fusil, garland, gate, gin mill, gold, gold nugget, gorge, gravity dam, griffin, groggery, grogshop, groin, gules, gyron, hachure, hairline, halt, hamper, handspike, 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