Bar Definition

bär
barred, barring, bars
noun
bars
Any piece of wood, metal, etc. longer than it is wide or thick, often used as a barrier, fastening, lever, etc.; specif., one of a series of such pieces enclosing a cage, jail cell, etc.
Webster's New World
An oblong piece or mass of something solid.
Bar of soap, chocolate bar.
Webster's New World
A rectangular block of a precious metal.
American Heritage

A thing that blocks the way or prevents entrance, departure, or further movement; specif., sandbar.

Webster's New World
A horizontal rod that marks the height to be cleared in high jumping or pole vaulting.
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Antonyms:
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verb
barred, barring, bars
To fasten securely with a long, straight, rigid piece of material.
Barred the gate.
American Heritage
To fasten with or as with a bar.
Webster's New World
To shut in or confine.
Barred themselves in the basement.
American Heritage
To obstruct by means of a bar or bars; shut off; close.
Webster's New World
To keep out; exclude.
He was barred from the contest.
Webster's New World
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preposition
Excluding; excepting.
The best bar none.
Webster's New World
(horse racing) Denotes the minimum odds offered on other horses not mentioned by name.
Leg At Each Corner is at 3/1, Lost My Shirt 5/1, and it's 10/1 bar.
Wiktionary
abbreviation
Barometer.
Webster's New World
Barometric.
Webster's New World
Browning automatic rifle.
Webster's New World
Barrel.
Webster's New World
Baruch.
Webster's New World
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pronoun
An extinct language of Venezuela.
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other
A ridgelike mound of sand, gravel or silt formed within a stream, along its banks, or at its mouth. Bars form where the stream's current slows down, causing sediment to be deposited.
American Heritage Science
idiom
behind bars
  • In prison.
American Heritage
behind bars
  • in prison or jail
Webster's New World
cross the bar
  • to die
Webster's New World
raise (<i>or</i> lower) the bar
  • raise (or lower) a limit, standard, etc.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Bar

Noun

Singular:
bar
Plural:
bars

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Bar

Origin of Bar

  • From Middle English barre, from Old French barre (“beam, bar, gate, barrier”), from Vulgar Latin *barra, of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Old Frankish *bara (“bar, beam, barrier, fence”), from Proto-Germanic *barō (“beam, bar, barrier”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰAr- (“log, board, plank”). If so, then cognate with Old High German para, bara (“bar, beam, one's cherished land”), Old Frisian ber (“attack, assault”), Swedish bärling (“a spoke”), Norwegian berling (“a small bar in a vehicle, rod”), Latin forus (“gangway, plank”), Russian забо́р (zabór, “fencing, paling, fence”), Ancient Greek φάρος (pháros, “piece of land, furrow, marker, beacon, lighthouse”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Greek baros weight gwerə-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek βάρος (baros, “weight”), coined circa 1900.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English barre from Old French barre

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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