- anything built or serving to bar passage, as a railing, fence, or the like: People may pass through the barrier only when their train is announced.
- any natural bar or obstacle: a mountain barrier.
- anything that restrains or obstructs progress, access, etc.: a trade barrier.
- a limit or boundary of any kind: the barriers of caste.
- Physical Geography. an antarctic ice shelf or ice front.
- barrier beach.
- barriers, History/Historical. the palisade or railing surrounding the ground where tourneys and jousts were carried on.
- Archaic. a fortress or stockade.
Origin of barrier
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Examples from the Web for barrier
Language was no barrier; just about every tongue on the planet was babbling away, caught up in the elaborate mystique of a cult.Sherlock Holmes Vs. Jack the Ripper
November 16, 2014
She quickly dismissed any notions that her gender identity was a barrier for entry for Republican support in her district.It’s Trans vs. Gay in This Maryland Election
June 24, 2014
The innocence of that child and how it can break down any barrier.The ‘Maleficent’ Screenwriter Also Wrote ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’
June 1, 2014
The first barrier for women is the Islamic dress code or hijab.Operation Wholesome Sea: Iran Coast Guard Forces Women Off Beaches
May 24, 2014
He added, “It serves as a barrier to acceptance by the mainstream public—and, therefore, advertisers.”Why You’ve Never Heard of the World’s Best-Dressed Royal
April 9, 2014
In the midst of the barrier stood an altar, on the top of which was a brazen eagle.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The barrier between Dick and Viviette was not of his making.Viviette
William J. Locke
They no longer had that, and between them both lay like a barrier their last conversation.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
It is pride that sets a barrier between you and your companions.The Boy Life of Napoleon
It was evidently impracticable to pass the barrier of that reply.Little Dorrit
- anything serving to obstruct passage or to maintain separation, such as a fence or gate
- anything that prevents or obstructs passage, access, or progressa barrier of distrust
- anything that separates or hinders uniona language barrier
- an exposed offshore sand bar separated from the shore by a lagoon
- (as modifier)a barrier beach
- (sometimes capital) that part of the Antarctic icecap extending over the sea
Word Origin and History for barrier
early 14c., barere, from Anglo-French barrere, Old French barriere "obstacle, gatekeeper," from barre "bar" (see bar (n.1)). First record of barrier reef is from 1805.
- A boundary or limit.
- An obstacle or impediment.
- Something that separates or holds apart.
- Something immaterial that obstructs or impedes behavior.
- A physical or biological factor that limits the migration, interbreeding, or free movement of individuals or populations.