Definitions

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

  • adj. Lacking the usual or appropriate covering or clothing; naked: a bare arm.
  • adj. Exposed to view; undisguised: bare fangs.
  • adj. Lacking the usual furnishings, equipment, or decoration: bare walls.
  • adj. Having no addition, adornment, or qualification: the bare facts. See Synonyms at empty.
  • adj. Just sufficient; mere: the bare necessities.
  • adj. Obsolete Bareheaded.
  • transitive v. To make bare; uncover or reveal: bared their heads; baring secrets.
  • transitive v. To expose: The dog bared its teeth.
  • v. Archaic A past tense of bear1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Minimal; that is or are just sufficient.
  • adj. Naked, uncovered.
  • adj. Having no supplies.
  • adj. Having no decoration.
  • adj. Having had what usually covers (something) removed.
  • adj. A lot or lots of.
  • adv. Very; significantly.
  • adv. Barely.
  • adv. Without a condom
  • n. the surface, the (bare) skin
  • v. To uncover; to reveal.
  • v. Simple past of bear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Without clothes or covering; stripped of the usual covering; naked.
  • adj. With head uncovered; bareheaded.
  • adj. Without anything to cover up or conceal one's thoughts or actions; open to view; exposed.
  • adj. Plain; simple; unadorned; without polish; bald; meager.
  • adj. Destitute; indigent; empty; unfurnished or scantily furnished; -- used with of (rarely with in) before the thing wanting or taken away.
  • adj. Threadbare; much worn.
  • adj. Mere; alone; unaccompanied by anything else.
  • n. Surface; body; substance.
  • n. That part of a roofing slate, shingle, tile, or metal plate, which is exposed to the weather.
  • transitive v. To strip off the covering of; to make bare.
  • Bore; the old preterit of bear, v.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Naked; without covering: as, bare arms; the trees are bare.
  • With the head uncovered.
  • Open to view; unconcealed; undisguised.
  • Lacking in appropriate covering or equipment; unfurnished: as, bare walls.
  • Plain; simple; unadorned; without polish.
  • Threadless; napless.
  • Poor; destitute; indigent; empty; unfurnished; unprovided with what is necessary or comfortable: absolutely or with of.
  • Empty; valueless; paltry; worthless.
  • Mere; scarcely or just sufficient: as, the bare necessaries of life; a bare subsistence.
  • Unaccompanied; without addition; simple.
  • Unadorned; without literary or artistic effect; bald; meager.
  • In beer-making, not completely covered by the bubbles formed in fermentation: said of the surface of beer.
  • Raw; excoriated.
  • Lean; spare.
  • The uncovered or unhidden surface; the body; the substance.
  • To make bare; uncover; divest of covering: as, to bare one's head or one's breast.
  • To disclose; make manifest; lay bare: as, to bare the secrets of the grave.
  • Old preterit of bear.
  • n. That part of a clapboard, roof-slate, or the like, which is exposed to the weather when the roof is complete, as distinguished from the lap.

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

  • adj. completely unclothed
  • adj. lacking embellishment or ornamentation
  • v. lay bare
  • adj. lacking in amplitude or quantity
  • adj. apart from anything else; without additions or modifications
  • v. make public
  • adj. lacking a surface finish such as paint
  • adj. not having a protective covering
  • adj. just barely adequate or within a lower limit
  • adj. providing no shelter or sustenance
  • v. lay bare
  • adj. having everything extraneous removed including contents
  • adj. lacking its natural or customary covering

Etymologies

Middle English bar, from Old English bær; see bhoso- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English bær. (Wiktionary)
Old English barian. (Wiktionary)
Inflected forms. (Wiktionary)

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  • BARE - (noun) - An alcoholic beverage made of barley, hops, and yeast.
    Usage: "Ah thank ah'll have a bare."

    April 8, 2008