verb (used with object)
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A patch with smaller barbs punctured the slim stem of a tomato plant.Silk-based microneedles may help treat diseased plants|Kathryn Hulick|June 18, 2020|Science News For Students
On exposure to ultraviolet light, the barbs curved downward.
To make the microneedle’s barbs, the researchers took advantage of a curious effect of this type of 3-D printing.
Bills are piling up in an Iowa court case, Heki v. Bachmann, filed by another former Bachmann staffer, Barb Heki.Exclusive: Congressional Ethics Probe Adds to Michele Bachmann’s Political Woes|John Avlon|March 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But every barb is delivered with a wink—and a chiseled, dashing smile.Behind the Scenes at ‘The Soup’: Joel McHale, Brian Williams & More|Kevin Fallon|February 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Even an exchange on gun control enabled Obama to recycle a barb once used against John Kerry, who played Romney in debate prep.Barack Obama Seizes the Upper Hand Over Mitt Romney at Second Debate|Howard Kurtz|October 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Nora could arm and disarm within a sentence, could wield a barb and its curative salve within a phrase.Remembering Nora Ephron as Our Dorothy Parker, but More|Stephen Schiff|June 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
No matter how antagonistic the question or the barb, Jackson keeps a low voice and a respectful tone.
At our feet lay the prairie-horse with the barb in his vitals, and the feathered shaft protruding from his side.The War Trail|Mayne Reid
The use of oval wire shows an effort to prevent slipping of the barb.
That was her way of replying to the Parthian arrow; but the barb was poisoned.Rhoda Fleming, Complete|George Meredith
The barb was now covered with a protective binding of leaves.In Africa|John T. McCutcheon
The harpoon blade is made like an arrow, but with only one barb, which turns on a steel pivot.Swept Out to Sea|W. Bertram Foster