bar

1
[ bahr ]
/ bɑr /
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noun

verb (used with object), barred, bar·ring.

preposition

except; omitting; but: bar none.

Idioms

    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
1175–1225; Middle English barre < Old French < Vulgar Latin *barra rod, of obscure, perhaps of pre-Latin orig.

Related forms

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

Synonym study

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.

Definition for bar (2 of 9)

bar

2
[ bahr ]
/ bɑr /

noun


Origin of bar

2
1770–80; < Louisiana French bère, baire, apparently representing dial. pronunciation of French barre barrier, bar1

Definition for bar (3 of 9)

bar

3
[ 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
1900–05; < Greek báros weight; cf. barometer, isobar

Definition for bar (4 of 9)

Definition for bar (5 of 9)

baro-

a combining form meaning “pressure,” used in the formation of compound words: barograph.

Also especially before a vowel, bar-.

Origin of baro-

combining form of Greek báros weight; akin to Sanskrit guru, Latin gravis, Gothic kaurus heavy

Definition for bar (6 of 9)

barre

or bar

[ bahr ]
/ bɑr /

noun Ballet.

a handrail placed at hip height, used by a dancer to maintain balance during practice.

Origin of barre

First recorded in 1945–50

Definition for bar (7 of 9)

Definition for bar (8 of 9)

Bar.

Bible.


Definition for bar (9 of 9)

B.Ar.

Bachelor of Architecture.

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British Dictionary definitions for bar (1 of 9)

bar

1
/ (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 9)

bar

2
/ (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 9)

bar

3
/ (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 9)

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 9)

BAR

abbreviation for

Browning Automatic Rifle

British Dictionary definitions for bar (6 of 9)

bar.

abbreviation for

barometer
barometric
barrel (container or unit of measure)
barrister

British Dictionary definitions for bar (7 of 9)

baro-

combining form

indicating weight or pressurebarometer

Word Origin for baro-

from Greek baros weight; related to Latin gravis heavy

British Dictionary definitions for bar (8 of 9)

barre

/ French (bar) /

noun

a rail at hip height used for ballet practice and leg exercises

Word Origin for barre

literally: bar

British Dictionary definitions for bar (9 of 9)

barré

/ (ˈbæreɪ) /

noun

the act of laying the index finger over some or all of the strings of a guitar, lute, or similar instrument, so that the pitch of each stopped string is simultaneously raisedCompare capo 1
the playing of chords in this manner

verb

to execute (chords) in this manner

adverb

by using the barré

Word Origin for barré

C19: from French, from barrer bar 1
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Medicine 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.

Medicine definitions for bar (2 of 2)

baro-

pref.

Weight; pressure:baroreceptor.

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Science 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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Idioms and Phrases with bar

bar

In addition to the idiom beginning with bar

  • bare bones
  • bare hands, with one's
  • bare necessities
  • bare one's soul
  • bare one's teeth
  • barge in
  • bar none

also see:

  • behind bars
  • no holds barred

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