A barrier in the form of a barbwire fence.
The definition of a barrier is anything, either natural or manmade, that keeps something from passing through.
An example of a barrier is a fence.
- Obs. a fortress, stockade, etc. for defending an entrance or gate
- a thing that prevents passage or approach; obstruction, as a fence, wall, etc.
- anything that holds apart, separates, or hinders: racial barriers, barriers to progress
- a customs gate on a country's border
- ice shelf
- a high fence of stakes enclosing the area in which a tournament of knights was held; lists
- Horse Racing the movable gate used to keep the horses in line at the starting point
Origin of barrierMiddle English barrere ; from Old French barriere ; from barre, bar
- A material formation or structure, such as a mountain range or wall, that prevents passage or access.
- Something immaterial that obstructs or impedes: Lack of education can be a barrier to success.
- Physiology A membrane, tissue, or mechanism that blocks the passage of certain substances.
- Ecology A physical or biological factor that limits the migration, interbreeding, or free movement of individuals or populations.
- A movable gate that keeps racehorses in line before the start of a race.
- often barriers The palisades or fences enclosing the lists of a medieval tournament.
- Geology An ice barrier.
Origin of barrierMiddle English barrer, from Old French barriere, from Vulgar Latin *barraria, from *barra, bar.
From Old French barriere (cf. French barrière).