American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- prep. Apart from the occurrence of; excepting: Barring strong headwinds, the plane will arrive on schedule.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In mining, timber used for supporting the roof or sides of shafts.
- Excepting; leaving out of the account; apart from: as, barring accidents, I shall be there.
- n. In machine-sewing, the sewing of a decorative bar or tack upon a fabric or upon leather, the bar being composed of a series of long stitches crossed by short stitches. Sometimes called tacking. See buttonholemachine.
- v. present participle of bar.
- n. the exclusion of someone; blackballing
- prep. Unless something happens; excepting; in the absence of
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto.
- n. the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto
“Stipulate at the outset — as most folks seem to — that barring extraordinary circumstances (unambiguous libel, incitement to harrassment) Americans have a clear constitutional right to anonymous speech and that, again barring exceptional circumstances, other Americans have an equal First Amendment right to name them if they happen to be privy to that information.”
“P&G case — economic interest in barring newspaper from publishing harmful information was insufficient to justify suppression.”
“Its independence and competence are both highly debatable, with its role in barring largely Sunni candidates from the March election evidence of a confused sense of loyalty to a fractured national ideal.”
“The court's gag order is very specific in barring only the EFF, its representatives and its technical experts from discussing and disseminating this information.”
“Evolution issues will continue to be resolved at the state court level ... in short, barring unspeakable terrorist acts or some sort of natural disaster, the next four to eight years are going to look a lot like right now, but with more science guys hanging around in government offices and nominally fewer closeted-gay sex scandals in politics.”
“Oh, ermined Judge whose duty to society is, now, to doom the ragged criminal to punishment and death, hadst thou never, Man, a duty to discharge in barring up the hundred open gates that wooed him to the felon's dock, and throwing but ajar the portals to a decent life!”
“I don't believe the answer lies in barring foreign investment.”
“He called it a "solid and durable political system dominating a society that has been totally fragmented or atomized," one which will remain "barring explosion from within or battering down from without.”
“That's the main advantage of a lease over a month-to-month rental agreement - the tenant knows he can stay for the lease term barring any bad behavior and that he won't get a rent increase.”
“The ones that were in Japanese, barring most of us from being able to read them?”
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