Bark

Noun

  • (nautical) A three-masted vessel, having her foremast and mainmast square-rigged, and her mizzenmast schooner-rigged.
  • The short, loud, explosive sound uttered by a dog.
  • (countable, uncountable) The exterior covering of the trunk and branches of a tree.
  • The crust formed on barbecued meat that has had a rub applied to it.
  • (poetic) a sailing vessel or boat of any kind.
  • (figuratively) An abrupt loud vocal utterance.
  • Hard candy made in flat sheets, for instance out of chocolate, peanut butter, toffee or peppermint.
  • (obsolete) A small sailing vessel, e.g. a pinnace or a fishing smack; a rowing boat or barge.
  • A similar sound made by some other animals.
  • (medicine) Peruvian bark or Jesuit's bark, the bark of the cinchona from which quinine is produced.

Verb

  • To cover or inclose with bark, or as with bark.

    "bark the roof of a hut"

  • (intransitive) To make a short, loud, explosive noise with the vocal organs (said of animals, especially dogs).

    "The seal barked as the zookeeper threw fish into its enclosure."

  • To girdle.
  • (intransitive) To make a short, loud, explosive noise with the vocal organs (said of animals, especially dogs).

    "The neighbour's dog is always barking."

  • (transitive) To speak sharply.

    "The sergeant barked an order."

  • To abrade or rub off any outer covering from.

    "to bark one’s heel"

  • (intransitive) To make a clamor; to make importunate outcries.
  • To strip the bark from; to peel.

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