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bar

1
[ bahr ]
/ bɑr /
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noun
verb (used with object), barred, bar·ring.
preposition
except; omitting; but: bar none.
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Idioms about bar

    at bar, Law.
    1. before the court and being tried: a case at bar.
    2. before all the judges of a court: a trial at bar.
    behind bars, in jail: We wanted the criminal behind bars.

Origin of bar

1
First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English barre, barr, bar, from Old French, from unattested Vulgar Latin barra “rod,” of obscure, perhaps pre-Latin, origin

synonym study for bar

6. Bar, barrier, barricade mean something put in the way of advance. Bar has the general meaning of hindrance or obstruction: a bar across the doorway. Barrier suggests an impediment to progress or a defensive obstruction (natural or artificial): a trade barrier; a mountain barrier; a road barrier. A barricade is especially a pile of articles hastily gathered or a rude earthwork for protection in street fighting: a barricade of wooden boxes.

OTHER WORDS FROM bar

barless, adjectivebar·ra·ble, adjectiveun·bar·ra·ble, adjective

Other definitions for bar (2 of 7)

bar2
[ bahr ]
/ bɑr /

noun

Origin of bar

2
First recorded in 1770–80; from Louisiana French bère, baire, apparently representing dialect pronunciation of French barre “barrier, rod”; see bar1

Other definitions for bar (3 of 7)

bar3
[ bahr ]
/ bɑr /

noun Physics.
a centimeter-gram-second unit of pressure, equal to one million dynes per square centimeter.
(formerly) microbar. Abbreviation: b

Origin of bar

3
First recorded in 1900–05; from Greek báros “weight”; cf. barometer, isobar

Other definitions for bar (4 of 7)

BAR

abbreviation

Other definitions for bar (5 of 7)

bar.

abbreviation
barometer.
barometric.
barrel.
barrister.

Other definitions for bar (6 of 7)

Bar.

abbreviation Bible.
Baruch.

Other definitions for bar (7 of 7)

B.Ar.

abbreviation
Bachelor of Architecture.
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British Dictionary definitions for bar (1 of 7)

bar1
/ (bɑː) /

noun
verb bars, barring or barred (tr)
preposition
except forthe best recital bar last night's
bar none without exception

Word Origin for bar

C12: from Old French barre, from Vulgar Latin barra (unattested) bar, rod, of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for bar (2 of 7)

bar2
/ (bɑː) /

noun
a cgs unit of pressure equal to 10 6 dynes per square centimetre. 1 bar is equivalent to 10 5 newtons per square metre

Word Origin for bar

C20: from Greek baros weight

British Dictionary definitions for bar (3 of 7)

bar3
/ (bɑː) Southwest English dialect /

noun
immunity from being caught or otherwise penalized in a game
interjection
a cry for such immunity

Word Origin for bar

variant of barley ²

British Dictionary definitions for bar (4 of 7)

Bar
/ (bɑː) /

noun the Bar
(in England and elsewhere) barristers collectively
US the legal profession collectively
be called to the Bar British to become a barrister
be called within the Bar British to be appointed as a Queen's Counsel

British Dictionary definitions for bar (5 of 7)

BAR

abbreviation for
Browning Automatic Rifle

British Dictionary definitions for bar (6 of 7)

Bar-
/ (bar, bɑː) /

prefix
(before Jewish patronymic names) son ofBar-Kochba

British Dictionary definitions for bar (7 of 7)

bar.

abbreviation for
barometer
barometric
barrel (container or unit of measure)
barrister
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Medical definitions for bar (1 of 2)

bar
[ bär ]

n.
The international unit of pressure equal to 1 megadyne (106 dyne) per square centimeter or 0.987 atmosphere.
A metal segment of greater length than width which serves to connect two or more parts of a removable partial denture.
A segment of tissue or a tight cellular junction that serves to constrict the passage of fluid, usually urine.

Medical definitions for bar (2 of 2)

bar-

pref.
Variant ofbaro-
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Scientific definitions for bar

bar
[ bär ]

A unit used to measure atmospheric pressure. It is equal to a force of 100,000 newtons per square meter of surface area, or 0.987 atmosphere.
An elongated, offshore ridge of sand, gravel, or other unconsolidated sediment, formed by the action of waves or long-shore currents and submerged at least during high tide. Bars are especially common near the mouths of rivers or estuaries.
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.
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