fascinated with words of many meanings (for another great one check out 'put')
BAR 1 bahr noun, verb, preposition –noun 1. 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. 2. an oblong piece of any solid material: a bar of soap; a candy bar. 3. the amount of material in a bar. 4. an ingot, lump, or wedge of gold or silver. 5. 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. 6. anything that obstructs, hinders, or impedes; obstacle; barrier: a bar to important legislation. 7. a counter or place where beverages, esp. liquors, or light meals are served to customers: a snack bar; a milk bar. 8. a barroom or tavern. 9. (in a home) a counter, small wagon, or similar piece of furniture for serving food or beverages: a breakfast bar. 10. the legal profession. 11. the practicing members of the legal profession in a given community. 12. any tribunal: the bar of public opinion. 13. a band or strip: a bar of light. 14. a railing in a courtroom separating the general public from the part of the room occupied by the judges, jury, attorneys, etc. 15. a crowbar. 16. Music. a. Also called bar line. the line marking the division between two measures of music. b. double bar. c. the unit of music contained between two bar lines; measure. 17. Ballet. barre. 18. Law. a. an objection that nullifies an action or claim. b. a stoppage or defeat of an alleged right of action. 19. Typography. a horizontal stroke of a type character, as of an A, H, t, and sometimes e. 20. Architecture. (in tracery) a relatively long and slender upright of stone treated as a colonette or molded. 21. Building Trades. a. an iron or steel shape: I-bar. b. a muntin. 22. Military. one of a pair of metal or cloth insignia worn by certain commissioned officers. 23. bars, the transverse ridges on the roof of the mouth of a horse. 24. a space between the molar and canine teeth of a horse into which the bit is fitted. 25. (in a bridle) the mouthpiece connecting the cheeks. 26. bride 2 (def. 1). 27. Heraldry. a horizontal band, narrower than a fess, that crosses the field of an escutcheon. 28. Obsolete. a gateway capable of being barred. –verb (used with object) 29. to equip or fasten with a bar or bars: Bar the door before retiring for the night. 30. to block by or as if by bars: The police barred the exits in an attempt to prevent the thief's escape. 31. to prevent or hinder: They barred her entrance to the club. 32. to exclude or except: He was barred from membership because of his reputation. 33. to mark with bars, stripes, or bands. –preposition 34. except; omitting; but: bar none. —Idioms 35. at bar, Law. a. before the court and being tried: a case at bar. b. before all the judges of a court: a trial at bar. 36. behind bars, in jail: We wanted the criminal behind bars.
shanks' mare –noun 1. one's own legs, esp. as a means of moving from one place to another: The only way we can get there is by shanks' mare. —Idiom 2. ride shanks' mare, to go on foot rather than ride; walk: It was such a delightful day that we decided to ride shanks' mare to the fair.
en⋅ure in-yoor, i-noor –verb (used with object) 1. to accustom to hardship, difficulty, pain, etc.; toughen or harden; habituate (usually fol. by to): inured to cold. –verb (used without object) 2. to come into use; take or have effect. 3. to become beneficial or advantageous.
a medical term meaning 'of unknown cause' as in: idiopathic epilepsy.
A doctor friend used to say, "imagine that you are having seizures and you don't know why. You rush off to a fancy diagnostic clinic which does extensive neurological and other testing. At last you sit down with the doctor who gives you a diagnosis of 'Idiopathic Epilepsy.' which means, 'you are having seizures and we don't know why'
You are troubled to hear that you have epilepsy, and you spent a lot of money but you are somewhat relieved that at least you now have a 'diagnosis.' "
As my doctor friend said, "you can't send them a bill that repeats back their own words ie. 'you have seizures and we don't know why'. When they hear the long medical term they think you really KNOW something!"
Nov 4, 2009
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