Bar

Noun

  • (sports) A horizontal pole that must be crossed in high jump and pole vault
  • A cuboid piece of any solid commodity.

    "bar of soap"

  • An addition to a military medal, on account of a subsequent act
  • A diacritical mark that consists of a line drawn through a grapheme. (For example, turning A into Ⱥ.)
  • (heraldry) One of the ordinaries in heraldry; a fess.
  • A counter, or simply a cabinet, from which alcoholic drinks are served in a private house or a hotel room.
  • (mining) A drilling or tamping rod.
  • Anything that obstructs, hinders, or prevents; an obstruction; a barrier.
  • (farriery) 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.
  • (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."

  • 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."

  • (music) One of those musical sections.
  • A cuboid piece of any solid commodity.

    "bar of chocolate"

  • (backgammon) The central divider between the inner and outer table of a backgammon board, where stones are placed if they are hit.
  • A long, narrow drawn or printed rectangle, cuboid or cylinder, especially as used in a bar code or a bar chart.
  • (nautical, hydrology) 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).
  • The counter of such a premises.

    "Step up to the bar and order a drink."

  • An official order or pronouncement that prohibits some activity.

    "The club has lifted its bar on women members."

  • A city gate, in some British place names.

    "Potter's Bar"

  • (architecture) A gatehouse of a castle or fortified town.
  • (Britain, law) The railing surrounding the part of a courtroom in which the judges, lawyers, defendants and witnesses stay
  • (music) A vertical line across a musical staff dividing written music into sections, typically of equal durational value.
  • (countable, uncountable, metallurgy) 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.

    "We are expecting a carload of bar tomorrow."

  • (soccer) The crossbar
  • A broad shaft, or band, or stripe.

    "a bar of light; a bar of colour"

  • A non-SI unit of pressure equal to 100,000 pascals, approximately equal to atmospheric pressure at sea level.
  • A linear shoaling landform feature within a body of water.
  • 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."

  • 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."

  • In combinations such as coffee bar, juice bar, etc., a premises or counter serving non-alcoholic drinks.
  • (mining) A vein or dike crossing a lode.
  • (computing, whimsical, derived from fubar) A metasyntactic variable representing an unspecified entity, often the second in a series, following foo.

    "Suppose we have two objects, foo and bar."

  • (farriery, in the plural) The space between the tusks and grinders in the upper jaw of a horse, in which the bit is placed.
  • (law, "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.
  • (countable, uncountable, metallurgy) 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."

Preposition

  • (horse racing) 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."

  • Except, with the exception of.

    "He invited everyone to his wedding bar his ex-wife."

Verb

  • (transitive) To lock or bolt with a bar.

    "bar the door"

  • (transitive) To prohibit.

    "I couldn't get into the nightclub because I had been barred."

  • (transitive) To obstruct the passage of (someone or something).

    "Our way was barred by a huge rockfall."

  • to imprint or paint with bars, to stripe

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