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bar
Definition
Noun 
A solid, more or less rigid object of metal or wood with a uniform cross-section smaller than its length.
The window was protected by steel bars.
Etymology
Noun CountableUncountable
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.
Ancient Sparta used iron bars instead of handy coins in more valuable alloy, to physically discourage the use of money.
We are expecting a carload of bar tomorrow.
Etymology
Meaning note
countable, uncountable, metallurgy
Noun 
A cuboid piece of any solid commodity.
Bar of chocolate.
Bar of soap.
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Noun 
A broad shaft, or band, or stripe.
A bar of light.
A bar of colour.
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Noun 
A long, narrow drawn or printed rectangle, cuboid or cylinder, especially as used in a bar code or a bar chart.
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Noun 
Typography
Various lines used as punctuation or diacritics, such as the pipe ⟨|⟩, fraction bar (as in 12), and strikethrough (as in Ⱥ), formerly (obsolete) inclusive of oblique marks such as the slash.
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typography
Noun 
Mathematics
The sign indicating that the characteristic of a logarithm is negative, conventionally placed above the digit(s) to show that it applies to the characteristic only and not to the mantissa.
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mathematics
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A business licensed to sell alcoholic drinks for consumption on the premises, or the premises themselves; public house.
The street was lined with all-night bars.
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Noun 
The counter of such a premises.
Step up to the bar and order a drink.
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Noun 
A counter, or simply a cabinet, from which alcoholic drinks are served in a private house or a hotel room.
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(by extension, In combinations such as coffee bar, juice bar etc.) A premises or counter serving any type of beverage.
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An informal establishment selling food to be consumed on the premises.
A burger bar.
A local fish bar.
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Noun 
An official order or pronouncement that prohibits some activity.
The club has lifted its bar on women members.
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Anything that obstructs, hinders, or prevents; an obstruction; a barrier.
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Programming
A metasyntactic variable representing an unspecified entity, often the second in a series, following foo.
Suppose we have two objects, foo and bar.
Etymology
Meaning note
programming, whimsical, derived from fubar
Noun 
Law
The railing surrounding the part of a courtroom in which the judges, lawyers, defendants and witnesses stay.
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Britain, law
Noun 
(law, "the Bar", "the bar") The Bar exam, the legal licensing exam.
He's studying hard to pass the Bar this time.
He's failed it twice before.
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Noun 
(law, metonymically, "the Bar", "the bar") A collective term for lawyers or the legal profession; specifically applied to barristers in some countries but including all lawyers in others.
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Telecommunications
A bar-shaped symbol that denotes levels of reception, or reception itself.
I don't have any bars in the middle of this desert.
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telecommunications
Noun 
Music
A vertical line across a musical staff dividing written music into sections, typically of equal durational value.
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music
Noun 
Music
One of those musical sections.
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music
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Sports
A horizontal pole that must be crossed in high jump and pole vault.
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sports
Noun 
The crossbar.
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soccer
Noun 
The central divider between the inner and outer table of a backgammon board, where stones are placed if they are hit.
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backgammon
Noun 
An addition to a military medal, on account of a subsequent act.
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A linear shoaling landform feature within a body of water.
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Geography
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).
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geography, nautical, hydrology
Noun 
One of the ordinaries in heraldry; a fess.
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heraldry
Noun 
An informal unit of measure of signal strength for a wireless device such as a cell phone.
There were no bars so I didn't get your text.
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Noun 
A city gate, in some British place names.
Potter's Bar.
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Noun 
A drilling or tamping rod.
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mining
Noun 
A vein or dike crossing a lode.
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mining
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A gatehouse of a castle or fortified town.
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architecture
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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 centre of the sole.
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farriery
Noun 
The space between the tusks and grinders in the upper jaw of a horse, in which the bit is placed.
Etymology
Meaning note
farriery, in the plural
Verb Transitive
To obstruct the passage of (someone or something).
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transitive
Verb Transitive
To prohibit.
I couldn't get into the nightclub because I had been barred.
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transitive
Verb Transitive
To lock or bolt with a bar.
Bar the door.
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transitive
Verb 
to imprint or paint with bars, to stripe.
Etymology
Preposition 
Except, with the exception of.
He invited everyone to his wedding bar his ex-wife.
Etymology
Preposition 
Denotes the minimum odds offered on other horses not mentioned by name.
Leg At Each Corner is at 3/1, Lost My Shirt 5/1, and it's 10/1 bar.
Etymology
Meaning note
horse racing
Noun 
A non-SI unit of pressure equal to 100,000 pascals, approximately equal to atmospheric pressure at sea level.
Etymology
See Etymology section, list no.2.
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Etymology
From Middle English barre, from Old French barre ‎(“beam, bar, gate, barrier”), from Vulgar Latin *barra, of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Old Frankish *bara ‎(“bar, beam, barrier, fence”), from Proto-Germanic *barō ‎(“beam, bar, barrier”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰAr- ‎(“log, board, plank”). If so, then cognate with Old High German para, bara ‎(“bar, beam, one's cherished land”), Old Frisian ber ‎(“attack, assault”), Swedish bärling ‎(“a spoke”), Norwegian berling ‎(“a small bar in a vehicle, rod”), Latin forus ‎(“gangway, plank”), Russian забо́р ‎(zabór, “fencing, paling, fence”), Russian бо́р ‎(bór), Ancient Greek φάρος ‎(pháros, “piece of land, furrow, marker, beacon, lighthouse”). May well have been reinforced by existing Old English term from the same root.
From Ancient Greek βάρος ‎(báros, “weight”), coined circa 1900.
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