- The definition of a barrel is a unit measurement used in certain industries to signify how much material can be held inside a large round container.
An example of a barrel is 31 gallons of oil in the United States.
- Barrel is defined as a container that resembles a drum which has curved sides and a circular bottom and top.
An example of a barrel is a wooden cask for aging wine.
- Barrel means to move very quickly and often in a dangerous way.
An example of barrel is a car that is rolling down a hill with brakes that don't work.
A wine barrel.
barrel definition by Webster's New World
- a large, wooden, cylindrical container with flat, circular ends and sides that bulge outward, made usually of staves bound together with hoops
- the capacity or contents of a standard barrel, esp. as a unit of measure (in the U.S., 31 gal, but for petroleum, 42 gal and for fermented beverages, 31 gal; in Gr. Brit., 36 imperial gal; in dry measure, various amounts, as 196 lb of flour, 200 lb of pork or fish, etc.)
- a revolving cylinder, wound with a chain or rope: the barrel of a windlass
- any hollow or solid cylinder: the barrel of a fountain pen
- the tube of a gun, through which the projectile is fired
- the cylindrical case containing the mainspring of a clock or watch
- the piston chamber of a pump
- the quill of a feather
- Informal a great amount: a barrel of fun
Origin: Middle English barel ; from Old French baril ; from Midieval Latin barillus ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
barrel definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A large cylindrical container, usually made of staves bound together with hoops, with a flat top and bottom of equal diameter.
- The quantity that a barrel with a given or standard capacity will hold.
- Abbr. bar. or bbl. or bl. Any of various units of volume or capacity. In the U.S. Customary System it varies, as a liquid measure, from 31 to 42 gallons (120 to 159 liters) as established by law or usage. See Table at measurement.
- The cylindrical part or hollow shaft of any of various mechanisms, as:a. The metal, cylindrical part of a firearm through which the bullet travels.b. A cylinder that contains a movable piston.c. The drum of a capstan.d. The cylinder within the mechanism of a timepiece that contains the mainspring.
- The trunk of a quadruped animal, such as a horse or cow.
- Informal A large quantity: a barrel of fun.
- Slang An act or instance of moving rapidly, often recklessly, in a motor vehicle.
Origin: Middle English barel, from Old French baril.
barrel - Investment & Finance Definition
A unit of measurement used for oil, gas, and other refined products. One barrel equals 42 U.S. gallons. Sometimes abbreviated BBL or BL.Webster's New World Finance and Investment Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
barrel - Phrases/Idioms
have someone over a barrelâ
over a barrel