a relatively long, evenly shaped piece of some solid substance, as metal or wood, used as a guard or obstruction or for some mechanical purpose: the bars of a cage.
an oblong piece of any solid material: a bar of soap; a candy bar.
the amount of material in a bar.
an ingot, lump, or wedge of gold or silver.
a long ridge of sand, gravel, or other material near or slightly above the surface of the water at or near the mouth of a river or harbor entrance, often constituting an obstruction to navigation.
a counter or place where beverages, especially liquors, or light meals are served to customers: a snack bar; a milk bar.
a barroom or tavern.
(in a home) a counter, small wagon, or similar piece of furniture for serving food or beverages: a breakfast bar.
the legal profession.
the practicing members of the legal profession in a given community.
any tribunal: the bar of public opinion.
a band or strip: a bar of light.
a railing in a courtroom separating the general public from the part of the room occupied by the judges, jury, attorneys, etc.
an objection that nullifies an action or claim.
a stoppage or defeat of an alleged right of action.
Typography. a horizontal stroke of a type character, as of an A, H, t, and sometimes e.
Architecture. (in tracery) a relatively long and slender upright of stone treated as a colonette or molded.
an iron or steel shape: I-bar.
Military. one of a pair of metal or cloth insignia worn by certain commissioned officers.
bars, the transverse ridges on the roof of the mouth of a horse.
a space between the molar and canine teeth of a horse into which the bit is fitted.
(in a bridle) the mouthpiece connecting the cheeks.
Heraldry. a horizontal band, narrower than a fess, that crosses the field of an escutcheon.
Obsolete. a gateway capable of being barred.
to equip or fasten with a bar or bars: Bar the door before retiring for the night.
to block by or as if by bars: The police barred the exits in an attempt to prevent the thief's escape.
to prevent or hinder: They barred her entrance to the club.
to exclude or except: He was barred from membership because of his reputation.
to mark with bars, stripes, or bands.
except; omitting; but: bar none.
Idioms about bar
at bar, Law.
before the court and being tried: a case at bar.
before all the judges of a court: a trial at bar.
behind bars, in jail: We wanted the criminal behind bars.
- barless, adjective
- bar·ra·ble, adjective
- un·bar·ra·ble, adjective
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a centimeter-gram-second unit of pressure, equal to one million dynes per square centimeter.
(formerly) microbar. Abbreviation: b
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Bachelor of Architecture.
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How to use bar in a sentence
I took out my knife, my Ka-bar, and knocked his teeth out, but they fell into his throat.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
You might work on the same groove for five hours nonstop, some three-bar thing over and over.Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From the History of ‘Purple Rain’ | Jennie Yabroff | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The bar also claims that it hosted the first-ever poetry slam 28 years ago.
A sepia photo shows him as a young boy, head in his hands, with a large book open at a bar table.
His later books drew heavily from experiences and people he encountered at the bar, including the cruel captain in The Sea-Wolf.
But you will find most colleges and most college societies bar religious instruction and discussion.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Ogden Hoffman, a distinguished member of the New York bar, died, aged 62.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
The mosquito bar was drawn over her; the old woman had come in while she slept and let down the bar.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
And when three come, me and Maud was on the bar Y road where it goes acrosst that crick-bottom.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher | Eleanor Gates
If dat preacher goes to run a bar agin me,” he says, “py golly, I makes no more moneys!Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher | Eleanor Gates
British Dictionary definitions for bar (1 of 7)
a rigid usually straight length of metal, wood, etc, that is longer than it is wide or thick, used esp as a barrier or as a structural or mechanical part: a bar of a gate
a solid usually rectangular block of any material: a bar of soap
anything that obstructs or prevents
an offshore ridge of sand, mud, or shingle lying near the shore and parallel to it, across the mouth of a river, bay, or harbour, or linking an island to the mainland
US and Canadian an alluvial deposit in a stream, river, or lake
a counter or room where alcoholic drinks are served
a counter, room, or establishment where a particular range of goods, food, services, etc, are sold: a coffee bar; a heel bar
a narrow band or stripe, as of colour or light
a heating element in an electric fire
(in England) the area in a court of law separating the part reserved for the bench and Queen's Counsel from the area occupied by junior barristers, solicitors, and the general public: See also Bar
the place in a court of law where the accused stands during his trial: the prisoner at the bar
a particular court of law
British (in the House of Lords and House of Commons) the boundary where nonmembers wishing to address either House appear and where persons are arraigned
a plea showing that a plaintiff has no cause of action, as when the case has already been adjudicated upon or the time allowed for bringing the action has passed
anything referred to as an authority or tribunal: the bar of decency
Also called: measure music
a group of beats that is repeated with a consistent rhythm throughout a piece or passage of music. The number of beats in the bar is indicated by the time signature
another word for bar line
British insignia added to a decoration indicating a second award
US a strip of metal worn with uniform, esp to signify rank or as an award for service
a variant spelling of barre
sport See crossbar
gymnastics See horizontal bar
part of the metal mouthpiece of a horse's bridle
the space between the horse's teeth in which such a part fits
either of two horny extensions that project forwards and inwards from the rear of the outer layer of a horse's hoof
lacemaking needlework another name for bride 2
heraldry an ordinary consisting of a horizontal line across a shield, typically narrower than a fesse, and usually appearing in twos or threes
maths a superscript line ⁻ placed over a letter symbol to indicate, for example, a mean value or the complex conjugate of a complex number
behind bars in prison
won't have a bar of or wouldn't have a bar of Australian and NZ informal cannot tolerate; dislike
to fasten or secure with a bar: to bar the door
to shut in or out with or as if with barriers: to bar the entrances
to obstruct; hinder: the fallen tree barred the road
(usually foll by from) to prohibit; forbid: to bar a couple from meeting
(usually foll by from) to keep out; exclude: to bar a person from membership
to mark with a bar or bars
law to prevent or halt (an action) by showing that the claimant has no cause
to mark off (music) into bars with bar lines
except for: the best recital bar last night's
bar none without exception
British Dictionary definitions for bar (2 of 7)
a cgs unit of pressure equal to 10 6 dynes per square centimetre. 1 bar is equivalent to 10 5 newtons per square metre
British Dictionary definitions for bar (3 of 7)
immunity from being caught or otherwise penalized in a game
a cry for such immunity
British Dictionary definitions for Bar (4 of 7)
(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)
Browning Automatic Rifle
British Dictionary definitions for Bar- (6 of 7)
(before Jewish patronymic names) son of: Bar-Kochba
British Dictionary definitions for bar. (7 of 7)
barrel (container or unit of measure)
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Scientific definitions for bar
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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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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
- behind bars
- no holds barred
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