- a cylindrical wooden container with slightly bulging sides made of staves hooped together, and with flat, parallel ends.
- the quantity that such a vessel of some standard size can hold: for most liquids, 31½ U.S. gallons (119 L); for petroleum, 42 U.S. gallons (159 L); for dry materials, 105 U.S. dry quarts (115 L). Abbreviation: bbl
- any large quantity: a barrel of fun.
- any container, case, or part similar to a wooden barrel in form.
- Ordnance. the tube of a gun.
- Machinery. the chamber of a pump in which the piston works.
- a drum turning on a shaft, as in a weight-driven clock.
- Horology. the cylindrical case in a watch or clock within which the mainspring is coiled.
- Ornithology Obsolete. a calamus or quill.
- the trunk of a quadruped, especially of a horse, cow, etc.
- Nautical. the main portion of a capstan, about which the rope winds, between the drumhead at the top and the pawl rim at the bottom.
- a rotating horizontal cylinder in which manufactured objects are coated or polished by tumbling in a suitable substance.
- any structure having the form of a barrel vault.
- Also called throat. Automotive. a passageway in a carburetor that has the shape of a Venturi tube.
- to put or pack in a barrel or barrels.
- to finish (metal parts) by tumbling in a barrel.
- Informal. to force to go or proceed at high speed: He barreled his car through the dense traffic.
- Informal. to travel or drive very fast: to barrel along the highway.
- over a barrel, Informal. in a helpless, weak, or awkward position; unable to act: They really had us over a barrel when they foreclosed the mortgage.
Origin of barrel
Examples from the Web for barreling
He ran like he was barreling down the stairs and he struggled to climb the 15-foot-tall drum riser.I'm Not Country or Pop. I'm Just Pure Garth Brooks.
September 10, 2014
Twenty minutes later, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore was barreling down the left sideline at top speed in pursuit of the ball.Will Jozy Altidore Be Team USA’s World Cup Savior vs. Belgium?
July 1, 2014
The mail, we read, was kept bright by barreling, but does not appear to have presented much scope for decoration.Armour in England
J. Starkie Gardner
For packing, salting, and barreling beef, this city gives place to no other in Europe.
Among these the subject of pickling and barreling is thoroughly treated, renewing pork brine; care of barrels, etc.Home Pork Making
A. W. Fulton
These bold adventurers made use of the land in the New World only for drying, salting and barreling their fish.The Bounty of the Chesapeake
By this method the apples are sorted both at the picking and barreling time.
- a cylindrical container usually bulging outwards in the middle and held together by metal hoops; cask
- Also called: barrelful the amount that a barrel can hold
- a unit of capacity used in brewing, equal to 36 Imperial gallons
- a unit of capacity used in the oil and other industries, normally equal to 42 US gallons or 35 Imperial gallons
- a thing or part shaped like a barrel, esp a tubular part of a machine
- the tube through which the projectile of a firearm is discharged
- horology the cylindrical drum in a watch or clock that is rotated by the mainspring
- the trunk of a four-legged animalthe barrel of a horse
- the quill of a feather
- informal a large measure; a great deal (esp in the phrases barrel of fun, barrel of laughs)
- Australian informal the hollow inner side of a wave
- over a barrel informal powerless
- scrape the barrel informal to be forced to use one's last and weakest resource
- (tr) to put into a barrel or barrels
- (intr ; foll by along, in, etc) informal (intr) to travel or move very fast
- Australian informal to ride on the inside of a wave
Word Origin and History for barreling
mid-15c., "to put in barrels," from barrel (n.). Meaning "to move quickly" is 1930, American English slang, perhaps suggestive of a rolling barrel. Related: Barreled; barreling.
c.1300, from Old French baril (12c.) "barrel, cask, vat," with cognates in all Romance languages (e.g. Italian barile, Spanish barril), but origin uncertain; perhaps from Gaulish, perhaps somehow related to bar (n.1). Meaning "metal tube of a gun" is from 1640s. Barrel roll in aeronautics is from 1927.