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

  • n. A relatively long, straight, rigid piece of solid material used as a fastener, support, barrier, or structural or mechanical member.
  • n. A solid oblong block of a substance, such as soap or candy.
  • n. A rectangular block of a precious metal.
  • n. Sports A horizontal bar.
  • n. Sports A horizontal rod that marks the height to be cleared in high jumping or pole vaulting.
  • n. A standard, expectation, or degree of requirement: a leader whose example set a high bar for others.
  • n. Something that impedes or prevents action or progress. See Synonyms at obstacle.
  • n. A ridge, as of sand or gravel, on a shore or streambed, that is formed by the action of tides or currents.
  • n. A narrow marking, as a stripe or band.
  • n. A narrow metal or embroidered strip worn on a military uniform indicating rank or service.
  • n. Chiefly British A small insignia worn on a military decoration indicating that it has been awarded an additional time.
  • n. Heraldry A pair of horizontal parallel lines drawn across a shield.
  • n. Law The nullification, defeat, or prevention of a claim or action.
  • n. Law The process by which nullification, defeat, or prevention is achieved.
  • n. The railing in a courtroom enclosing the part of the room where the judges and lawyers sit, witnesses are heard, and prisoners are tried.
  • n. A place of judgment; a tribunal.
  • n. Law Attorneys considered as a group.
  • n. Law The profession of law.
  • n. Music A vertical line drawn through a staff to mark off a measure.
  • n. Music A measure.
  • n. Variant of barre.
  • n. A counter at which drinks, especially alcoholic drinks, and sometimes food, are served.
  • n. An establishment or room having such a counter.
  • transitive v. To fasten securely with a long, straight, rigid piece of material.
  • transitive v. To shut in or out with or as if with bars.
  • transitive v. To obstruct or impede; block.
  • transitive v. To keep out; exclude. See Synonyms at hinder1.
  • transitive v. To rule out; except.
  • transitive v. To mark with stripes or bands.
  • transitive v. Law To stop (a claim or action) by objection.
  • prep. Except for; excluding: This was your best performance, bar none.
  • idiom behind bars In prison.
  • n. A unit of pressure equal to one million (106) dynes per square centimeter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A solid, more or less rigid object with a uniform cross-section smaller than its length.
  • n. A solid metal object with uniform (round, square, hexagonal, octagonal or rectangular) cross-section; in the US its smallest dimension is .25 inch or greater, a piece of thinner material being called a strip.
  • n. A cuboid piece of any solid commodity.
  • n. A long, narrow drawn or printed rectangle, cuboid or cylinder, especially as used in a bar code or a bar chart.
  • n. A diacritical mark that consists of a line drawn through a grapheme. (For example, turning A into Ⱥ.)
  • n. A business licensed to sell alcoholic drinks for consumption on the premises, or the premises themselves; public house.
  • n. The counter of such a premises.
  • n. A counter, or simply a cabinet, from which alcoholic drinks are served in a private house or a hotel room.
  • n. In combinations such as coffee bar, juice bar, etc., a premises or counter serving non-alcoholic drinks.
  • n. An official order or pronouncement that prohibits some activity.
  • n. A metasyntactic variable representing an unspecified entity, often the second in a series, following foo.
  • n. The railing surrounding the part of a courtroom in which the judges, lawyers, defendants and witnesses stay
  • n. Short for the Bar exam, the legal licensing exam.
  • n. A collective term for lawyers or the legal profession; specifically applied to barristers in some countries but including all lawyers in others.
  • n. A vertical line across a musical staff dividing written music into sections, typically of equal durational value.
  • n. One of those musical sections.
  • n. A horizontal pole that must be crossed in high jump and pole vault
  • n. The crossbar
  • n. The central divider between the inner and outer table of a backgammon board, where stones are placed if they are hit.
  • n. An addition to a military medal, on account of a subsequent act
  • n. A linear shoaling landform feature within a body of water.
  • n. A ridge or succession of ridges of sand or other substance, especially a formation extending across the mouth of a river or harbor or off a beach, and which may obstruct navigation. (FM 55-501).
  • n. One of the ordinaries in heraldry; a fess.
  • n. An informal unit of measure of signal strength for a wireless device such as a cell phone.
  • n. A city gate in UK places names, such as 'Potters Bar.'
  • v. To obstruct the passage of (someone or something).
  • v. To prohibit.
  • v. To lock or bolt with a bar.
  • v. to imprint or paint with bars, to stripe
  • prep. Except, with the exception of.
  • prep. Denotes the minimum odds offered on other horses not mentioned by name.
  • n. A non-SI unit of pressure equal to 100,000 pascals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A piece of wood, metal, or other material, long in proportion to its breadth or thickness, used as a lever and for various other purposes, but especially for a hindrance, obstruction, or fastening.
  • n. An indefinite quantity of some substance, so shaped as to be long in proportion to its breadth and thickness.
  • n. Anything which obstructs, hinders, or prevents; an obstruction; a barrier.
  • n. A bank of sand, gravel, or other matter, esp. at the mouth of a river or harbor, obstructing navigation.
  • n. Any railing that divides a room, or office, or hall of assembly, in order to reserve a space for those having special privileges.
  • n.
  • n. The railing that incloses the place which counsel occupy in courts of justice. Hence, the phrase at the bar of the court signifies in open court.
  • n. The place in court where prisoners are stationed for arraignment, trial, or sentence.
  • n. The whole body of lawyers licensed in a court or district; the legal profession.
  • n. A special plea constituting a sufficient answer to plaintiff's action.
  • n. Any tribunal.
  • n. A barrier or counter, over which liquors and food are passed to customers; hence, the portion of the room behind the counter where liquors for sale are kept.
  • n. An ordinary, like a fess but narrower, occupying only one fifth part of the field.
  • n. A broad shaft, or band, or stripe.
  • n. A vertical line across the staff. Bars divide the staff into spaces which represent measures, and are themselves called measures.
  • n.
  • n. The space between the tusks and grinders in the upper jaw of a horse, in which the bit is placed.
  • n. The part of the crust of a horse's hoof which is bent inwards towards the frog at the heel on each side, and extends into the center of the sole.
  • n.
  • n. A drilling or tamping rod.
  • n. A vein or dike crossing a lode.
  • n.
  • n. A gatehouse of a castle or fortified town.
  • n. A slender strip of wood which divides and supports the glass of a window; a sash bar.
  • transitive v. To fasten with a bar.
  • transitive v. To restrict or confine, as if by a bar; to hinder; to obstruct; to prevent; to prohibit; ; -- sometimes with up.
  • transitive v. To except; to exclude by exception.
  • transitive v. To cross with one or more stripes or lines.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fasten with a bar, or as with a bar.
  • To hinder; obstruct; prevent; prohibit; restrain.
  • To except; exclude by exception.
  • To provide with a bar or bars; mark with bars; cross with one or more stripes or lines.
  • To make into bars.
  • Except; omitting; but: as, to offer to bet two to one against any horse bar one.
  • An obsolete (Middle English) or dialectal form of bare.
  • A Middle English preterit of bear.
  • In any betting transaction, to exclude one of the possibilities: as, to bet 4 to 1, bar one, in a horse-race, meaning that a certain horse is not included.
  • An abbreviation of barometer.
  • n. A piece of wood, metal, or other solid matter, long in proportion to its thickness, used for some mechanical purpose; a rod: as, a capstan-bar; the bars of a grate; the splinter-bar of a vehicle; especially, such a piece of wood or metal used as an obstruction or guard: as, the bars of a fence or gate; the bar of a door or window.
  • n. Anything which obstructs, hinders, or impedes; an obstruction; an obstacle; a barrier.
  • n. A barrier— At the entrance to a city, or between the city proper and its suburbs; hence, the gate at which the barrier was placed in former times, as Temple Bar in London, now removed, and the existing medieval bars of York.
  • n. At a toll-house; a toll-gate. Also called toll-bar.
  • n. An accumulation forming a bank obstructive to navigation or to the flow of water.
  • n. A narrow point of land jutting out into the water. In placer-mining, an accumulation of sand or gravel in or near the bed of a stream.
  • n. In law: The railing inclosing the place which counsel occupy in courts of justice.
  • n. The place in court where prisoners are stationed for arraignment, trial, or sentence.
  • n. The practising members of the legal profession in a given community; all those who have the right to plead in a court; counsel or barristers in general, or those present in court.
  • n. A stoppage or defeat in an action or suit by countervailing the alleged right of action.
  • n. In England, a railing or barrier which separates a space near the door from the body of either house of Parliament, beyond which none but members and clerks are admitted.
  • n. Figuratively, any tribunal: as, the bar of public opinion; the bar of God.
  • n. That portion of a tavern, inn, coffee-house, or the like, where liquors, etc., are set out; the counter over which articles are served in such an establishment.
  • n. A band or stripe: as, a bar of light.
  • n. In farriery, the upper part of the gums of a horse between the grinders and tusks, which bears no teeth, and to which the bit is fitted.
  • n. In music, a line drawn perpendicularly across the staff, dividing it into equal measures of time and marking the place of the strong accent; hence, the space and notes included between two such lines; the portion of music represented by the included notes. See also double bar, below.
  • n. In com.: An ingot, a lump, or a wedge, as of gold or silver, from the mines, run in a mold, and unwrought.
  • n. A short piece of bar-iron about half a pound in weight, used as a medium of traffic with African negroes.
  • n. In printing: The lever by which the pressure is applied in a hand-press.
  • n. The middle cross-piece of a printers' chase.
  • n. In heraldry, a horizontal stripe crossing the field, narrower than the fesse, and occupying usually one fifth or less of the field: one of the nine ordinaries.
  • n. In a bridle, the mouthpiece connecting the checks.
  • n. In a rifle-sight, a plate in the form of a segment, with its upper or chord edge horizontal, and secured in a ring.
  • n. In saddlery, one of the side pieces connecting the pommel and cantle of a saddle.
  • n. An acanthopterygian European fish, Sciæna aquila. Also called maigre.
  • n. A dialectal form of bear.
  • n. A Middle English form of baron.
  • n. In England, the space behind the bar, often large enough to form a small office. Also called bar-parlor.
  • n. In anatomy: A general term for any of the cranial arches, such as Meckel's cartilage, or the hyoid and branchial arches, which have the form of more or less continuous rods or bars.
  • n. Less often used for portions of the cranium which have a rod-like shape, as the jugal or postorbital bars. In this sense synonymous with *arcade or architecture
  • n. In meteorology, a long cigar-shaped cloud, generally nearly stationary, but sometimes moving broadside on across the sky; specifically, the stationary cloud to the leeward of the helm-cloud over the Cross-fell range in England during easterly winds.
  • n. The division between the two tables of a backgammon-board on which captured pieces are placed.
  • n. Specifically, in violin-making, the same as bass-bar.
  • n. Same as pennant-bar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. expel, as if by official decree
  • n. a portable .30 caliber automatic rifle operated by gas pressure and fed by cartridges from a magazine; used by United States troops in World War I and in World War II and in the Korean War
  • n. musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats
  • n. a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises
  • n. a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon
  • n. (meteorology) a unit of pressure equal to a million dynes per square centimeter
  • n. the act of preventing
  • n. (law) a railing that encloses the part of the courtroom where the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried
  • v. prevent from entering; keep out
  • n. a narrow marking of a different color or texture from the background
  • v. secure with, or as if with, bars
  • n. a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore
  • n. a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax)
  • n. the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction
  • v. render unsuitable for passage
  • n. a counter where you can obtain food or drink
  • n. a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter
  • n. a heating element in an electric fire
  • n. an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal


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

Middle English barre, from Old French; see barre.
Greek baros, weight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English barre, from Old French barre

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Ancient Greek βάρος (baros, "weight"), coined c. 1900.


  • I'm not going to pretend that these or any granola bar, a category of foods filled with high-fructose corn syrup and other stuff is any healthier than a candy bar*, but it's so damned good.

    August 13th, 2006

  • It must be remembered that the boats had entered the Niger by the _Brass_ river, the bar of which was _his bar_, and that he had bargained to act as pilot through its mouth, so that there was ample excuse for the poor wretch; this, however, in no degree lessened the danger of the position in which the little _Lark_ was placed.

    Our Sailors Gallant Deeds of the British Navy during Victoria's Reign

  • The currents are very rapid, and carry with them quantities of sand, which the sea throws back towards the coast; this it is that forms a bar at the mouth of the river; but the currents have opened themselves a passage, which is called the _pass of the bar_.

    Naufrage de la frigate la Méduse. English

  • I find in the music of the _Fandango_, written under one bar, _Salida_, which signifies _going out_; it is where the woman is to part a little from her partner, and to move slowly by herself; and I suppose it was at _that bar_ the lady was so overcome, as to determine not to return.

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  • According to Ulrich von Hutten the elephant 'fuit mirabile animal, habens longum rostrum in magna quantitate; et quando vidit Papam tunc geniculavit ei et dixit cum terribili voce _bar, bar, bar_' (apud Theophilo Braga, _Gil Vicente e as

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  • Put your mouse pointer on the title bar of that window, literally give it a "shake," and all other open programs minimize and disappear.

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  • Between the title bar, menu bar, tabbed sites and the Windows start bar, around 40 per cent of the screen gets chewed up.

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  • fascinated with words of many meanings (for another great one check out 'put')

    BAR 1  bahr noun, verb, preposition



    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.


    an oblong piece of any solid material: a bar of soap; a candy bar.


    the amount of material in a bar.


    an ingot, lump, or wedge of gold or silver.


    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.


    anything that obstructs, hinders, or impedes; obstacle; barrier: a bar to important legislation.


    a counter or place where beverages, esp. liquors, or light meals are served to customers: a snack bar; a milk bar.


    a barroom or tavern.


    (in a home) a counter, small wagon, or similar piece of furniture for serving food or beverages: a breakfast bar.


    the legal profession.


    the practicing members of the legal profession in a given community.


    any tribunal: the bar of public opinion.


    a band or strip: a bar of light.


    a railing in a courtroom separating the general public from the part of the room occupied by the judges, jury, attorneys, etc.


    a crowbar.




    Also called bar line. the line marking the division between two measures of music.


    double bar.


    the unit of music contained between two bar lines; measure.


    Ballet. barre.




    an objection that nullifies an action or claim.


    a stoppage or defeat of an alleged right of action.


    Typography. a horizontal stroke of a type character, as of an A, H, t, and sometimes e.


    Architecture. (in tracery) a relatively long and slender upright of stone treated as a colonette or molded.


    Building Trades.


    an iron or steel shape: I-bar.


    a muntin.


    Military. one of a pair of metal or cloth insignia worn by certain commissioned officers.


    bars, the transverse ridges on the roof of the mouth of a horse.


    a space between the molar and canine teeth of a horse into which the bit is fitted.


    (in a bridle) the mouthpiece connecting the cheeks.


    bride 2 (def. 1).


    Heraldry. a horizontal band, narrower than a fess, that crosses the field of an escutcheon.


    Obsolete. a gateway capable of being barred.

    –verb (used with object)


    to equip or fasten with a bar or bars: Bar the door before retiring for the night.


    to block by or as if by bars: The police barred the exits in an attempt to prevent the thief's escape.


    to prevent or hinder: They barred her entrance to the club.


    to exclude or except: He was barred from membership because of his reputation.


    to mark with bars, stripes, or bands.



    except; omitting; but: bar none.



    at bar, Law.


    before the court and being tried: a case at bar.


    before all the judges of a court: a trial at bar.


    behind bars, in jail: We wanted the criminal behind bars.

    November 9, 2009

  • "The unit of pricing was known as a bar, which was initially a measured piece of iron and later, after inflation, an imaginary unit. A length of cloth was said to be worth so many bars, and a gun another number. Prices rose steadily over time so that in the century from 1690 to 1790 the quantity of goods a slave would buy for a chief increased fivefold.

    'At a particular period, a slave might be fifty bars,' said Joe. 'When the Africans came to sell the slaves, they wanted, of course, fifty bars for the slave, but not in just one item. They would want so many bars of cloth, and so many bars of firearms, and so many bars of liquor. It was the assortment they were after. A slave-trading operation that didn't have hte proper assortment of goods wouldn't do much business.'"

    —Edward Ball, Slaves in the Family (NY: Ballantine Books, 1998), 429

    See also dash.

    October 13, 2009

  • Zincali Stone.

    'Bar lachi', loadstone.

    'Bares del mol', 'The rocks of the wine'.

    July 22, 2008

  • Great citation Pro. The last bit reminds me of similar processes at work in Indonesia under Soeharto. The General was very much a control freak, and very peeved at the way foreign expressions would just creep in. So like all good dictators he had a committee of bureaucrats hard at work trying to Indonesianise borrowings. Some of the results were just funny. kandidat candidate was replaced with admittedly more Indonesian calon, although the latter is typically associated with prospective marriage suitors! ATMs were by then cropping up all over the big cities. The government linguists worked out that ATM must therefore be Anjungan Tunai Mandiri independent cash platform. It kind of works, although the idea behind it is wacky. At best I can pass it off as state-sponsored mnemonics.

    July 9, 2008

  • The Fascist Italianization was the violent and systematic process by which, between 1924 and 1945, the Fascist government of Benito Mussolini forced foreign populations living in Italy to assume Italian culture and language, and worked on erasing any traces of existence of other nations on the territory of Mussolini's Italy.

    In the 1930s a program of Italianization of the language was started. Foreign words were forbidden and new Italian words were created (such "calcio" instead of "football", or "consociazione" instead of "club").

    (from Wikipedia)

    Some of the words just sound weird, for example ghiacciaia instead of freezer. But the weirdest ever was mescita instead of bar: as bilby said on one of my lists, the word is "highly integrated", and it was already at the time. So there was a clumsy attempt to pass it off as an acronym for Bevande Alcoliche Rivendita ("Wines and Spirits Retail Outlet").

    July 9, 2008

  • A pub room with service and not necessarily one with a servery (also called a bar) in it. There are several different types of bars.

    Thank you Barrie Pepper.

    February 17, 2008

  • A pub room with a servery.

    February 17, 2008

  • I love programming language grammar and the way it folds, spindles and mutilates English.

    October 23, 2007

  • See foo.

    October 4, 2007