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Meaning of bar by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /bɑː/, X-SAMPA: /bA:/
    • ( US ) enPR: bär, IPA: /bɑɹ/, X-SAMPA: /bAr/
    • Rhymes: -ɑː( ɹ )
    • Homophone: baa, bah ( in some pronunciations )

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English barre, from Old French barre


    bar ( countable and uncountable; plural: bars )

    1. A solid, more or less rigid object with a uniform cross-section smaller than its length .
      The window was protected by steel bars .
    2. ( countable, uncountable, metallurgy ) A solid metal object with uniform ( round, square, hexagonal, octagonal or rectangular ) cross-section; in the US its smallest dimension is .25 inch or greater, a piece of thinner material being called a strip .
      Ancient Sparta used iron bars instead of handy coins in more valuable alloy, to physically discourage the use of money .
      We are expected a carload of bar tomorrow .
    3. A cuboid piece of any solid commodity .
      bar of chocolate
      bar of soap
    4. A long, narrow drawn or printed rectangle, cuboid or cylinder, especially as used in a bar code or a bar chart .
    5. A diacritical mark that consists of a line drawn through a grapheme. ( For example, turning A into Ⱥ. )
    6. A business licensed to sell alcoholic drinks for consumption on the premises, or the premises themselves; public house .
      The street was lined with all-night bars .
    7. The counter of such a premises .
      Step up to the bar and order a drink .
    8. A counter, or simply a cabinet, from which alcoholic drinks are served in a private house or a hotel room .
    9. In combinations such as coffee bar, juice bar, etc., a premises or counter serving non-alcoholic drinks .
    10. An official order or pronouncement that prohibits some activity .
      The club has lifted its bar on women members .
    11. ( computing, whimsical, derived from fubar ) A metasyntactic variable representing an unspecified entity, often the second in a series, following foo .
      Suppose we have two objects, foo and bar .
    12. ( UK, law ) The railing surrounding the part of a courtroom in which the judges, lawyers, defendants and witnesses stay
    13. ( law, "the Bar" ) Short for the Bar exam, the legal licensing exam .
      He's studying hard to pass the Bar this time; he's failed it twice before .
    14. ( law, "the Bar" ) A collective term for lawyers or the legal profession; specifically applied to barristers in some countries but including all lawyers in others .
    15. ( music ) A vertical line across a musical staff dividing written music into sections, typically of equal durational value .
    16. ( music ) One of those musical sections .
    17. ( sports ) A horizontal pole that must be crossed in high jump and pole vault
    18. ( soccer ) The crossbar
    19. ( backgammon ) The central divider between the inner and outer table of a backgammon board, where stones are placed if they are hit .
    20. An addition to a military medal, on account of a subsequent act
    21. A linear shoaling landform feature within a body of water .
    22. ( nautical ) A ridge or succession of ridges of sand or other substance, especially a formation extending across the mouth of a river or harbor or off a beach, and which may obstruct navigation. ( FM 55-501 ) .
    23. ( heraldry ) One of the ordinaries in heraldry; a fess .
    24. An informal unit of measure of signal strength for a wireless device such as a cell phone .
      There were no bars so I didn't get your text .
    25. A city gate in UK places names, such as 'Potters Bar.'
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    bar ( third-person singular simple present bars present participle barring, simple past and past participle barred )

    1. ( transitive ) To obstruct the passage of ( someone or something ) .
      Our way was barred by a huge rockfall .
    2. ( transitive ) To prohibit .
      I couldn't get into the nightclub because I had been barred .
    3. ( transitive ) To lock or bolt with a bar .
      bar the door
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    1. Except, with the exception of .
      He invited everyone to his wedding bar his ex-wife .
    2. ( horse racing ) Denotes the minimum odds offered on other horses not mentioned by name .
      Leg At Each Corner is at 3/1, Lost My Shirt 5/1, and it's 10/1 bar .
    • apart from, barring, except, except for, excluding, other than, save
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    • The Manual of Heraldry, Fifth Edition, by Anonymous, London, 1862, online at [1]

    Etymology 2

    From Ancient Greek βάρος ( baros, “weight” ), coined c. 1900 .


    bar ( plural: bars )

    1. A unit of pressure equal to 100,000 pascals .
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    External links

    • Bar on Wikipedia .
    • wikisource-logo.svg Bar in the 1920 edition of Encyclopedia Americana .


    From Proto-Germanic *baizaz .


    bār m .

    1. A boar


    By Wiktionary ( 2011/07/19 04:09 UTC Version )



    1. Alternative form of bary- .

Explanation of bar by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. prevent from entering

    2. He was barred from membership in the club
    3. secure with, or as if with, bars

    4. He barred the door
    5. render unsuitable for passage

    6. barricade the streets
    7. expel, as if by official decree

    1. the act of preventing

    2. there was no bar against leaving
    3. a rigid piece of metal or wood

    4. there were bars in the windows to prevent escape
    5. an obstruction ( usually metal ) placed at the top of a goal

    6. it was an excellent kick but the ball hit the bar
    7. a counter where you can obtain food or drink

    8. he bought a hot dog and a coke at the bar
    9. a railing that encloses the part of the courtroom where the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried

    10. spectators were not allowed past the bar
    11. a heating element in an electric fire

    12. an electric fire with three bars
    13. a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises

    14. a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter

    15. he drowned his sorrows in whiskey at the bar
    16. a portable .30 caliber automatic rifle operated by gas pressure and fed by cartridges from a magazine

    17. a block of solid substance ( such as soap or wax )

    18. a bar of chocolate
    19. a narrow marking of a different color or texture from the background

    20. a green toad with small black stripes or bars
    21. musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats

    22. the orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song
    23. the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction

    24. he was admitted to the bar in New Jersey
    25. a submerged ( or partly submerged ) ridge in a river or along a shore

    26. the boat ran aground on a submerged bar in the river
    27. a unit of pressure equal to a million dynes per square centimeter

    28. unfortunately some writers have used bar for one dyne per square centimeter

    Definition of bar by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Bar ( bär ), n. [OE. barre, F. barre, fr. LL. barra, W. bar the branch of a tree, bar, baren branch, Gael. & Ir. barra bar. √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.

      4. A bank of sand, gravel, or other matter, esp. at the mouth of a river or harbor, obstructing navigation.

      5. Any railing that divides a room, or office, or hall of assembly, in order to reserve a space for those having special privileges; as, “the bar of the House of Commons”.

      6. ( Law ) 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. The place in court where prisoners are stationed for arraignment, trial, or sentence. The whole body of lawyers licensed in a court or district; the legal profession. A special plea constituting a sufficient answer to plaintiff's action.

      7. Any tribunal; as, “the bar of public opinion; the bar of God”.

      8. A barrier or counter, over which liquors and food are passed to customers; hence, the portion of the room behind the counter where liquors for sale are kept.

      9. ( Her. ) An ordinary, like a fess but narrower, occupying only one fifth part of the field.

      10. A broad shaft, or band, or stripe; as, “a bar of light; a bar of color”.

      11. ( Mus. ) A vertical line across the staff. Bars divide the staff into spaces which represent measures, and are themselves called measures.

      ☞ A double bar marks the end of a strain or main division of a movement, or of a whole piece of music; in psalmody, it marks the end of a line of poetry. The term bar is very often loosely used for measure, i.e., for such length of music, or of silence, as is included between one bar and the next; as, a passage of eight bars; two bars' rest.

      12. ( Far. ) pl. The space between the tusks and grinders in the upper jaw of a horse, in which the bit is placed. The part of the crust of a horse's hoof which is bent inwards towards the frog at the heel on each side, and extends into the center of the sole.

      13. ( Mining ) A drilling or tamping rod. A vein or dike crossing a lode.

      14. ( Arch. ) A gatehouse of a castle or fortified town. A slender strip of wood which divides and supports the glass of a window; a sash bar.

      Bar shoe ( Far. ), a kind of horseshoe having a bar across the usual opening at the heel, to protect a tender frog from injury. -- Bar shot, a double headed shot, consisting of a bar, with a ball or half ball at each end; -- formerly used for destroying the masts or rigging in naval combat. -- Bar sinister ( Her. ), a term popularly but erroneously used for baton, a mark of illegitimacy. See Baton. -- Bar tracery ( Arch. ), ornamental stonework resembling bars of iron twisted into the forms required. -- Blank bar ( Law ). See Blank. -- Case at bar ( Law ), a case presently before the court; a case under argument. -- In bar of, as a sufficient reason against; to prevent. -- Matter in bar, or Defence in bar, any matter which is a final defense in an action. -- Plea in bar, a plea which goes to bar or defeat the plaintiff's action absolutely and entirely. -- Trial at bar ( Eng. Law ), a trial before all the judges of one the superior courts of Westminster, or before a quorum representing the full court.

    2. Bar ( bär ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Barred ( bärd ); 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.