from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • preposition Apart from the occurrence of; excepting.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of bar.
  • noun the exclusion of someone; blackballing
  • preposition Unless something happens; excepting; in the absence of

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

  • noun the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto


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