double bar


noun Music.

a double vertical line on a staff indicating the conclusion of a piece of music or a subdivision of it.

Nearby words

  1. double achievement,
  2. double agent,
  3. double altar,
  4. double ax,
  5. double back,
  6. double bass,
  7. double bassoon,
  8. double batten,
  9. double bed,
  10. double bill

Origin of double bar

First recorded in 1665–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for double bar

  • "Don't you be led into no sich foolishness," said a 'double-bar H' cow-puncher at the other end of the table.

    Wild Animals I Have Known|Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Their first answer was to bar and double-bar the said gates; their second, to send respectful messages to their king.

    Joan of Arc|Laura E. Richards
  • The brothers had just sense enough left to put up all the shutters, and double-bar the door, before they went to bed.

    The Ontario Readers|Ontario Ministry of Education
  • A double-bar consists of two vertical lines across the staff, at least one of the two being a heavy line.

British Dictionary definitions for double bar

double bar


music a symbol, consisting of two ordinary bar lines or a single heavy one, that marks the end of a composition or a section within it
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