Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rod or bar used for reinforcement in concrete or asphalt pourings.
  • n. A group of such rods forming a grid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A steel reinforcing bar in a reinforced concrete structure.
  • n. A grid-shaped system of such bars.

Etymologies

re(inforcing) bar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Blend of reinforcing and bar (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It sounds like a nice story but the rebar is there so they don't have to pay property taxes on the property.

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  • The company said it already is seeing price increases in some parts of the world for stainless steel and rebar, which is used to strengthen concrete and other materials.

    ArcelorMittal Posts Loss but Sees Hope

  • These in turn clip together like a giant Lego set to form walls into which steel rods called rebar are inserted to add strength.

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  • There is an invention called rebar that could saved lives and building.

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  • Another construction worker described the fallen material as rebar, which is used to construct the barrier.

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  • One witness tells WHAS11 News that the rebar, which is the steel used to reinforce concrete, appeared to help prevent the workers from falling to River Road to what surely would have led to more serious injuries.

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  • And the same can be said for the 'reconstruction' of Gaza, which by the way will require a lot of cement and iron "rebar" that will end up in bunkers and tunnels.

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  • This could be a purchased product, a piece of sharpened wood, metal such as rebar or a long screwdriver.

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  • Founded in 1984, Dimension Fabricators makes concrete reinforcing steel products such as rebar and continuous steel spirals that are used in complex civil engineering jobs, such as bridges, tunnels and roads.

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  • The poorer the country, the likelier people are to scrimp on rebar, or use poor quality concrete, or lie about compliance.

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  • 'Hey, Crisis! You can snap rebar with your bare hands, right?'
    'If it's made of styrofoam.'
    Doonesbury. Crisis is a wrestler on USO tour in Afghanistan.

    March 4, 2010

  • "To reduce heat gain in the hot Arizona summers, they painted the house white so it reflects sunlight and reduces heat absorption and discomfort. They also increased the length of the overhang (eaves), providing additional shade. They constructed trellises from salvaged rebar and steel mesh, then planted vegetables that grow on vines."
    - D. Chiras & D. Wan, 'Superbia!'.

    November 4, 2008