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1. A relatively long, straight, rigid piece of solid material used as a fastener, support, barrier, or structural or mechanical member.


a. A solid oblong block of a substance or combination of ingredients, such as soap or candy.

b. A usually rectangular slice of any of various flat baked confections that are typically dense in texture.

c. A rectangular block of a precious metal.

3. Sports

b. A horizontal rod that marks the height to be cleared in high jumping or pole vaulting.

4. A standard, expectation, or degree of requirement: a leader whose example set a high bar for others.

5. Something that impedes or prevents action or progress: A poor education was a bar to his ambitions.

6. A ridge, as of sand or gravel, on a shore or streambed, that is formed by the action of tides or currents.

7. A narrow marking, as a stripe or band.


a. A narrow metal or embroidered strip worn on a military uniform indicating rank or service.

b. Chiefly British A small insignia worn on a military decoration indicating that it has been awarded an additional time.

9. Heraldry A pair of horizontal parallel lines drawn across a shield.

10. Law

a. The nullification, defeat, or prevention of a claim or action.

b. The process by which nullification, defeat, or prevention is achieved.

11. The railing in a courtroom separating the participants in a legal proceeding from the spectators.

12. A court or courtroom.

13. Law

a. Attorneys considered as a group. Used with the.

b. The profession of law. Used with the.

14. Music

a. A vertical line drawn through a staff to mark off a measure.

b. A measure.


a. A counter at which drinks, especially alcoholic drinks, and sometimes food, are served.

b. An establishment or room having such a counter.

tr.v. barred, bar·ring, bars

1. To fasten securely with a long, straight, rigid piece of material: barred the gate.

2. To shut in or confine: barred themselves in the basement.

3. To obstruct or impede; block: barred the access route.

4. To keep out; exclude: Tourists are barred from this room.


a. To prohibit or prevent (someone) from doing something: Failing the eye exam barred him from driving.

b. To prohibit (an action): The state bars the dumping of waste in the river.

c. Law To nullify, defeat, or prevent (a claim or action).

6. To rule out; except: Can we bar the possibility of foul play?

7. To mark with stripes or bands.


Chiefly British Except for; excluding: This was your best performance, bar none.


[Middle English barre, from Old French; see barre.]

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A unit of pressure equal to one million (106) dynes per square centimeter.

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1. (General Engineering) a rigid usually straight length of metal, wood, etc, that is longer than it is wide or thick, used esp as a barrier or as a structural or mechanical part: a bar of a gate.

2. a solid usually rectangular block of any material: a bar of soap.

3. anything that obstructs or prevents

4. (Physical Geography)

a. an offshore ridge of sand, mud, or shingle lying near the shore and parallel to it, across the mouth of a river, bay, or harbour, or linking an island to the mainland

b. US and Canadian an alluvial deposit in a stream, river, or lake

5. a counter or room where alcoholic drinks are served

6. a counter, room, or establishment where a particular range of goods, food, services, etc, are sold: a coffee bar; a heel bar.

7. a narrow band or stripe, as of colour or light

8. (Electrical Engineering) a heating element in an electric fire

9. (Law) (in England) the area in a court of law separating the part reserved for the bench and Queen’s Counsel from the area occupied by junior barristers, solicitors, and the general public. See also Bar

10. (Law) the place in a court of law where the accused stands during his trial: the prisoner at the bar.

11. (Law) a particular court of law

12. (Parliamentary Procedure) Brit (in the House of Lords and House of Commons) the boundary where nonmembers wishing to address either House appear and where persons are arraigned

13. (Law) a plea showing that a plaintiff has no cause of action, as when the case has already been adjudicated upon or the time allowed for bringing the action has passed

14. anything referred to as an authority or tribunal: the bar of decency.

15. (Music, other) music

a. a group of beats that is repeated with a consistent rhythm throughout a piece or passage of music. The number of beats in the bar is indicated by the time signature

16. (Military)

a. Brit insignia added to a decoration indicating a second award

b. US a strip of metal worn with uniform, esp to signify rank or as an award for service

17. (Ballet) a variant spelling of barre
20. (Athletics (Track & Field)) sport See crossbar
21. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) sport See crossbar
23. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège)

a. part of the metal mouthpiece of a horse’s bridle

b. the space between the horse’s teeth in which such a part fits

24. (Zoology) either of two horny extensions that project forwards and inwards from the rear of the outer layer of a horse’s hoof

26. (Knitting & Sewing) lacemaking needlework another name for bride2

27. (Heraldry) heraldry an ordinary consisting of a horizontal line across a shield, typically narrower than a fesse, and usually appearing in twos or threes

28. (Mathematics) maths a superscript line ⁻ placed over a letter symbol to indicate, for example, a mean value or the complex conjugate of a complex number

29. behind bars in prison

30. won’t have a bar of wouldn’t have a bar of informal Austral and NZ cannot tolerate; dislike

vb (tr) , bars, barring or barred

31. to fasten or secure with a bar: to bar the door.

32. to shut in or out with or as if with barriers: to bar the entrances.

33. to obstruct; hinder: the fallen tree barred the road.

34. (usually foll by from) to prohibit; forbid: to bar a couple from meeting.

35. (usually foll by from) to keep out; exclude: to bar a person from membership.

36. to mark with a bar or bars

37. (Law) law to prevent or halt (an action) by showing that the claimant has no cause

38. (Music, other) to mark off (music) into bars with bar lines


39. except for: the best recital bar last night’s.

40. bar none without exception

[C12: from Old French barre, from Vulgar Latin barra (unattested) bar, rod, of unknown origin]




(Units) a cgs unit of pressure equal to 106 dynes per square centimetre. 1 bar is equivalent to 105 newtons per square metre

[C20: from Greek baros weight]




(Games, other than specified) immunity from being caught or otherwise penalized in a game


(Games, other than specified) a cry for such immunity

[variant of barley2]




1. (Law) (in England and elsewhere) barristers collectively

2. (Law) US the legal profession collectively

3. (Law) be called to the Bar Brit to become a barrister

4. (Law) be called within the Bar Brit to be appointed as a Queen’s Counsel


abbreviation for

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n., v. barred, bar•ring,
prep. n.

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 prison.

2. an oblong piece of any solid material: a bar of soap; a candy bar.

3. an ingot, lump, or wedge of gold or silver.

4. a long ridge of sand, gravel, or other material near or slightly above the surface of a body of water, often an obstruction to navigation.

5. any obstacle or barrier.

6. a counter or place where beverages, esp. liquors, or light foods are served to customers: a coffee bar, a wine bar.

7. a barroom or tavern.

8. a counter, small wagon, or similar piece of furniture for serving food or beverages: a breakfast bar.


a. the legal profession: admitted to the bar.

b. a bar examination: to pass the bar.

c. an objection that nullifies an action or claim.

d. a railing in a courtroom separating the general public from the judges, jury, attorneys, etc.

e. Brit. a wooden railing in front of the judge’s bench.

f. Brit. (formerly) a partition in the Inns of Court separating the readers from the general students.

10. any tribunal: the bar of justice.

11. a band or strip: a bar of light.

12. a crowbar.


a. the line marking the division between two measures of music.

c. the unit of music contained between two bar lines; measure.


a. an iron or steel shape, as a T-bar.

16. one of a pair of metal or cloth insignia of rank worn by military officers.

17. a space between the molar and canine teeth of a horse into which the bit is fitted.

18. (in a bridle) the mouthpiece connecting the cheeks.

19. a horizontal band on a heraldic shield.


20. to equip or fasten with a bar or bars: to bar the door.

21. to block by or as if by bars: to bar the exits.

22. to prevent or hinder: to bar one’s entrance.

23. to exclude or except: barred from membership.

24. to mark with bars, stripes, or bands.


25. except; omitting; but: bar none.


behind bars, in jail.

[1175–1225; Middle English barre < Old French < Vulgar Latin *barra rod, of obscure orig.]

bar′less, adj.




a cgs unit of pressure, equal to one million dynes per square centimeter.

[1900–05; < Greek báros weight]


Browning automatic rifle.





1. barometer.

2. barrel.

3. barrister.

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In American English, a place where you can buy and drink alcoholic drinks is called a bar.

Leaving Rita in a bar, I made for the town library.

In British English, a place like this is called a pub.

We used to go drinking in a pub called the Soldier’s Arms.

In British English, the rooms in a pub where people drink are called the bars. In a hotel, club, or theatre, the place where you can buy and drink alcoholic drinks is also called a bar.

…the terrace bar of the Continental Hotel.


– bar

1. “https://www.thefreedictionary.com/pub”

In Britain, a pub is a building where people meet friends and have drinks, especially alcoholic drinks, and sometimes food.

John was in the pub last night and he bought me a drink.

In formal English, this can also be called a public house.

The Green Man is often seen as a name or sign on public houses.

2. “https://www.thefreedictionary.com/bar”

In American English, a place where you can buy and drink alcoholic drinks is usually called a bar.

After work they went to a bar downtown.

In British English, the word bar is sometimes used, especially to refer to a place serving alcoholic drinks that is part of a larger building, or in expressions such as wine bar and cocktail bar.

I’ll meet you in the hotel bar in 20 minutes.

See bar

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