bar: Meaning and Definition of
— n., v., prep. barred, bar•ring,
- a relatively long, evenly shaped piece of some solid substance, as metal or wood, used as a guard or obstruction or for some mechanical purpose: the bars of a cage.
- an oblong piece of any solid material: a bar of soap; a candy bar.
- the amount of material in a bar.
- an ingot, lump, or wedge of gold or silver.
- a long ridge of sand, gravel, or other material near or slightly above the surface of the water at or near the mouth of a river or harbor entrance, often constituting an obstruction to navigation.
- anything that obstructs, hinders, or impedes; obstacle; barrier: a bar to important legislation.
- a counter or place where beverages, esp. liquors, or light meals are served to customers: a snack bar; a milk bar.
- a barroom or tavern.
- (in a home) a counter, small wagon, or similar piece of furniture for serving food or beverages: a breakfast bar.
- the legal profession.
- the practicing members of the legal profession in a given community.
- any tribunal: the bar of public opinion.
- a band or strip: a bar of light.
- a railing in a courtroom separating the general public from the part of the room occupied by the judges, jury, attorneys, etc.
- a crowbar.
- Also calledbar line.the line marking the division between two measures of music.
- Seedouble bar.
- the unit of music contained between two bar lines; measure.
- an objection that nullifies an action or claim.
- a stoppage or defeat of an alleged right of action.
- a horizontal stroke of a type character, as of an A, H, t, and sometimes e.
- (in tracery) a relatively long and slender upright of stone treated as a colonette or molded.
- an iron or steel shape:I-bar.
- a muntin.
- one of a pair of metal or cloth insignia worn by certain commissioned officers.
- the transverse ridges on the roof of the mouth of a horse.
- a space between the molar and canine teeth of a horse into which the bit is fitted.
- (in a bridle) the mouthpiece connecting the cheeks.
- bride (def. 1).
- a horizontal band, narrower than a fess, that crosses the field of an escutcheon.
- a gateway capable of being barred.
- a case at bar.
- before the court and being tried:a case at bar.
- before all the judges of a court:a trial at bar.
- behind bars, in jail: We wanted the criminal behind bars.
- to equip or fasten with a bar or bars: Bar the door before retiring for the night.
- to block by or as if by bars: The police barred the exits in an attempt to prevent the thief 's escape.
- to prevent or hinder: They barred her entrance to the club.
- to exclude or except: He was barred from membership because of his reputation.
- to mark with bars, stripes, or bands.
- except; omitting; but: bar none.
— n. Physics.
- a centimeter-gram-second unit of pressure, equal to one million dynes per square centimeter.
- (formerly) microbar. Abbr.: b
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- Bachelor of Architecture.
- bar (Thesaurus)