- 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.
- 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 of barrelMiddle English barel ; from Old French baril ; from Medieval Latin barillus ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
transitive verbbarreled or barrelled, barreling or barrelling
have someone over a barrel☆
- 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 US Customary System it varies, as a liquid measure, from 31 to 42 gallons (117 to 159 liters) as established by law or usage.
- A cylindrical or hollow part, especially:a. The thicker portion of a baseball bat, from which the most powerful hits are struck.b. The cylindrical part of a firearm through which the bullet travels.c. A cylinder that contains a movable piston.d. The drum of a capstan.e. The cylinder within the mechanism of a timepiece that contains the mainspring.
- The trunk of a quadruped animal, such as a horse or cow.
- The tubular space inside a wave when it is breaking.
- Informal A large quantity: a barrel of fun.
- Slang An act or instance of moving rapidly, often recklessly, in a motor vehicle.
verbbar·reled, bar·rel·ing, bar·rels or bar·relled or bar·rel·ling
verb, intransitive Informal
Origin of barrelMiddle English barel, from Old French baril.
- (countable) A round vessel or cask, of greater length than breadth, and bulging in the middle, made of staves bound with hoops, and having flat ends or heads. Sometimes applied to a similar cylindrical container made of metal, usually called a drum.
- a cracker barrel
- The quantity which constitutes a full barrel. This varies for different articles and also in different places for the same article, being regulated by custom or by law. A barrel of wine is 31 ½ gallons; a barrel of flour is 196 pounds; of beer 31 gallons; of ale 32 gallons; of crude oil 42 gallons.
- A solid drum, or a hollow cylinder or case;
- the barrel of a windlass; the barrel of a watch, within which the spring is coiled.
- A metallic tube, as of a gun, from which a projectile is discharged.
- (archaic) A tube.
- (zoology) The hollow basal part of a feather.
- (music) The part of a clarinet which connects the mouthpiece and upper joint, and looks rather like a barrel (1).
- (surfing) A wave that breaks with a hollow compartment.
- (US, specifically New England) A waste receptacle.
- Throw it away in the trash barrel.
- The ribs and belly of a horse or pony.
- (biology) Any of the dark-staining regions in the somatosensory cortex of rodents, etc., where somatosensory inputs from the contralateral side of the body come in from the thalamus.
- barrel roll
- like shooting fish in a barrel
- lock, stock and barrel
- over a barrel
(third-person singular simple present barrels, present participle barrelling or barreling, simple past and past participle barrelled or barreled)
From Middle English barrell, from Anglo-Norman baril, Old French baril, bareil (“barrel”), of uncertain origin. An attempt to link baril to Old French barre (“bar, bolt”) (compare Medieval Latin barra (“bar, rod”)) via assumed Vulgar Latin *barrīculum meets the phonological requirement, but fails to connect the word semantically. The alternate connection to Frankish *baril, *beril or Gothic (berils, “container for transport”), from Proto-Germanic *barilaz (“barrel, jug, container”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer-, *bʰrē- (“to carry, transport”), is more plausible as it connects not only the form of the word but also the sense; equivalent to bear + -le. Compare also Old High German biril (“jug, large pot”), Luxembourgish Bärel, Bierel (“jug, pot”), Old Norse berill (“barrel for liquids”), Old English byrla (“barrel of a horse, trunk, body”). More at bear.
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.