- The definition of barring means unless there is something else.
An example of barring is saying “Unless there is bad weather, we will be going sailing tomorrow.”
unless there should be; excepting: barring rain, we leave tonight
Apart from the occurrence of; excepting: Barring strong headwinds, the plane will arrive on schedule.
- Present participle of bar.
- Unless something happens; excepting; in the absence of
- Barring any further red tape, we will finally be able to open the restaurant.
- Barring any sudden storms, the plane should arrive on time.
Variant of bar
- any piece of wood, metal, etc. longer than it is wide or thick, often used as a barrier, fastening, lever, etc.
- an oblong piece or mass of something solid: bar of soap, chocolate bar
- any of various small metal strips worn to show military or other rank
- a thing that blocks the way or prevents entrance, departure, or further movement; specif., sandbar
- anything that hinders or prevents: illiteracy is a bar to success
- a strip, stripe, band, or broad line, as of light or color
- the railing enclosing the part of a law court where the judges or lawyers sit, or where prisoners are brought to trial
- this part of the law court
- a law court or system of courts
- any place of judgment: the bar of public opinion
- lawyers collectively
- the legal profession
- a counter at which alcoholic drinks and sometimes food are served
- an establishment or room with such a counter
- an article of furniture, often on wheels, from which drinks, etc. are served
- the mouthpiece of a horse's bit, or the part of a horse's mouth into which it is fitted
- in lace making and other needlework, a loop or tie that connects parts of a pattern
- Heraldry a horizontal stripe on a shield or bearing
- the defeat or nullifying of a claim or action
- anything that brings this about
- a vertical line across a staff, dividing it into measures
- a measure
- double bar
- Track & Field the horizontal bar used in the high jump or pole vault
- Zool. either of the ends of the wall of a horse's hoof, curving inward toward the center of the sole
Origin of barMiddle English and amp; Old French barre ; from Medieval Latin barra, bar, barrier, probably ; from Gaulish an unverified form barros, the bushy end, akin to Irish bar, branch ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhoros, cut wood ; from base an unverified form bher-, to cut with a sharp tool
transitive verbbarred, barring
- to fasten with or as with a bar
- to obstruct by means of a bar or bars; shut off; close
- to oppose, prevent, or forbid, as by legal action
- to keep out; exclude: he was barred from the contest
- to set aside: barring certain possibilities
- to mark with stripes
excluding; excepting: the best bar none
cross the bar
raise (or lower) the bar
Origin of bar< bar raise (or lower) the standard of judgment