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bar·ri·er

 (băr′ē-ər)
n.
1. A material formation or structure, such as a mountain range or wall, that prevents passage or access.
2. Something immaterial that obstructs or impedes: Lack of education can be a barrier to success.
3. Physiology A membrane, tissue, or mechanism that blocks the passage of certain substances.
4. Ecology A physical or biological factor that limits the migration, interbreeding, or free movement of individuals or populations.
5. A movable gate that keeps racehorses in line before the start of a race.
6. often barriers The palisades or fences enclosing the lists of a medieval tournament.
7. Geology An ice barrier.

[Middle English barrer, from Old French barriere, from Vulgar Latin *barrāria, from *barra, bar.]

barrier

(ˈbærɪə)
n
1. anything serving to obstruct passage or to maintain separation, such as a fence or gate
2. anything that prevents or obstructs passage, access, or progress: a barrier of distrust.
3. anything that separates or hinders union: a language barrier.
4. (Physical Geography)
a. an exposed offshore sand bar separated from the shore by a lagoon
b. (as modifier): a barrier beach.
5. (Physical Geography) (sometimes capital) that part of the Antarctic icecap extending over the sea
[C14: from Old French barriere, from barre bar1]

bar•ri•er

(ˈbær i ər)

n.
1. anything built or serving to bar passage, as a railing, fence, or the like.
2. any natural bar or obstacle: a mountain barrier.
3. anything that obstructs progress, access, etc.: trade barriers.
4. a limit or boundary of any kind: the barriers of caste.
5. an antarctic ice shelf or its front.
6. barriers, the palisade or railing surrounding the ground where medieval tournaments and jousts were held.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French barriere <barre bar1]

barrier

A coordinated series of obstacles designed or employed to channel, direct, restrict, delay, or stop the movement of an opposing force and to impose additional losses in personnel, time, and equipment on the opposing force. Barriers can exist naturally, be manmade, or a combination of both.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.barrier - a structure or object that impedes free movementbarrier - a structure or object that impedes free movement
balusters, balustrade, banister, handrail, bannister - a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling
barricade - a barrier (usually thrown up hastily) to impede the advance of an enemy; "they stormed the barricade"
breakwater, groyne, jetty, seawall, bulwark, groin, mole - a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away
bulwark - a fencelike structure around a deck (usually plural)
crash barrier - a strong protective barrier that is erected around a racetrack or in the middle of a dual-lane highway in order to reduce the likelihood of severe accidents
dam, dike, dyke - a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea
fence, fencing - a barrier that serves to enclose an area
fender, wing - a barrier that surrounds the wheels of a vehicle to block splashing water or mud; "in Britain they call a fender a wing"
grating, grate - a barrier that has parallel or crossed bars blocking a passage but admitting air
hurdle - a light movable barrier that competitors must leap over in certain races
movable barrier - a barrier that can be moved to allow passage
impedimenta, obstruction, obstructor, obstructer, impediment - any structure that makes progress difficult
rail, railing - a barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports
revetment - a barrier against explosives
barricade, roadblock - a barrier set up by police to stop traffic on a street or road in order to catch a fugitive or inspect traffic etc.
starting gate, starting stall - a movable barrier on the starting line of a race course
2.barrier - any condition that makes it difficult to make progress or to achieve an objectivebarrier - any condition that makes it difficult to make progress or to achieve an objective; "intolerance is a barrier to understanding"
obstacle, obstruction - something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted; "lack of imagination is an obstacle to one's advancement"; "the poverty of a district is an obstacle to good education"; "the filibuster was a major obstruction to the success of their plan"
ideological barrier - a barrier to cooperation or interaction resulting from conflicting ideologies
language barrier - barrier to communication resulting from speaking different languages
3.barrier - anything serving to maintain separation by obstructing vision or accessbarrier - anything serving to maintain separation by obstructing vision or access
bar - a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore; "the boat ran aground on a submerged bar in the river"
blood-brain barrier - a mechanism that creates a barrier between brain tissues and circulating blood; serves to protect the central nervous system; "the brain was protected from the large molecules of the virus by the blood-brain barrier"
curtain - any barrier to communication or vision; "a curtain of secrecy"; "a curtain of trees"
mechanism - a natural object resembling a machine in structure or function; "the mechanism of the ear"; "the mechanism of infection"

barrier

noun
1. obstacle, bar, block, handicap, hurdle, limitation, hitch, drawback, snag, obstruction, stumbling block, impediment, hindrance Duties and taxes are the most obvious barriers to free trade.
2. barricade, wall, bar, block, railing, fence, pale, boundary, obstacle, ditch, blockade, obstruction, rampart, bulwark, palisade, stockade The demonstrators broke through the heavy police barriers.

barrier

noun
1. A solid structure that encloses an area or separates one area from another:
2. Something that impedes or prevents entry or passage:
Translations
حَاجِزحاجِزعائِق
bariérapřekážkazábranazávora
afspærringbarrierebarrikadehindring
este
prepreka
hindrun, fyrirstaîahindrun, tálmi
장벽
barjerakavēklisnožogojumsšķērslis
bariéra
pregradazapora
barriär
สิ่งกีดขวาง
chướng ngại

barrier

[ˈbærɪəʳ]
A. Nbarrera f, valla f (Rail) (in station) → barrera f; (= crash barrier) → valla f protectora (fig) → barrera f, obstáculo m (to para)
B. CPD barrier cream Ncrema f protectora
barrier method Nmétodo m (de) barrera

barrier

[ˈbæriər] n
(= wall) → barrière f
(= obstacle) a barrier to sth [+ progress, communication] → un obstacle à qch language barrier, trade barriers
(British) (on road) (also crash barrier) → glissière f de sécurité, rail m de sécurité
(at train station)portillon mbarrier cream n (British)crème f protectricebarrier method nméthode f de contraception locale

barrier

n
(natural) → Barriere f; (man-made, erected also) → Sperre f; (= railing etc)Schranke f; (= crash barrier)(Leit)planke f
(fig: = obstacle) → Hindernis nt, → Barriere f(to für); (of class, background, education, between people)Schranke f, → Barriere f; trade barriersHandelsschranken pl; barrier of language, language barrierSprachbarriere f; a barrier to success/progress etcein Hindernis für den Erfolg/Fortschritt etc; because of the barrier of her shynessaufgrund or auf Grund ihrer Schüchternheit, die ein Hemmnis ist/war etc; to put up/break down barriersZäune errichten/niederreißen

barrier

:
barrier contraceptive
barrier-free
barrier cream
nHaut(schutz)creme f
barrier reef
nBarriere-, Wallriff nt; the Great Barrier Reefdas Große Barriereriff

barrier

[ˈbærɪəʳ] nbarriera (Brit) (also crash barrier) → guardrail m inv (Rail) (in station) → cancello (fig) → barriera, ostacolo

barrier

(ˈbӕriə) noun
1. something put up as a defence or protection. a barrier between the playground and the busy road.
2. something that causes difficulty. His deafness was a barrier to promotion.

barrier

حَاجِز bariéra barriere Schranke εμπόδιο barrera este barrière prepreka barriera 장벽 barrière barriere bariera barreira препятствие barriär สิ่งกีดขวาง bariyer chướng ngại 障碍

bar·ri·er

n. obstrucción, barrera.

barrier

n barrera; placental — barrera placentaria
References in classic literature ?
Bhaer, with a defiant nod, as if the walls of mist closing round them were barriers which he was to surmount or valiantly knock down.
And as upon the invasion of their valleys, the frosty Swiss have retreated to their mountains; so, hunted from the savannas and glades of the middle seas, the whale-bone whales can at last resort to their Polar citadels, and diving under the ultimate glassy barriers and walls there, come up among icy fields and floes; and in a charmed circle of everlasting December, bid defiance to all pursuit from man.
If I fail tonight, I can only try tomorrow; knowing that the fault must be mine--that if once the vision of my soul were spoken upon earth, if once the anguish of its defeat were uttered in human speech, it would break the stoutest barriers of prejudice, it would shake the most sluggish soul to action
No, MINDS -- the capablest in the world; a force against which mere animal might may no more hope to prevail than may the idle waves of the sea hope to prevail against the granite barriers of England.
Farther off were hills: not so lofty as those round Lowood, nor so craggy, nor so like barriers of separation from the living world; but yet quiet and lonely hills enough, and seeming to embrace Thornfield with a seclusion I had not expected to find existent so near the stirring locality of Millcote.
Papers and precious matters were this very day brought to us here (I speak in strict confidence; it is not business-like to whisper it, even to you), by the strangest bearers you can imagine, every one of whom had his head hanging on by a single hair as he passed the Barriers.
It might seem singular that Nancy--with her religious theory pieced together out of narrow social traditions, fragments of church doctrine imperfectly understood, and girlish reasonings on her small experience--should have arrived by herself at a way of thinking so nearly akin to that of many devout people, whose beliefs are held in the shape of a system quite remote from her knowledge--singular, if we did not know that human beliefs, like all other natural growths, elude the barriers of system.
Having thus replied, to the best of my power, to the first class of your objections, or at least having shown my resolution to overleap the barriers which your prudence has raised, I will be brief in noticing that which is more peculiar to myself.
It is in vain to oppose constitutional barriers to the impulse of self-preservation.
Bwana and My Dear might have told her much of the social barriers that they only too well knew Baynes must feel existed between Meriem and himself, but they hesitated to wound her.
What if some volcanic burst should one day raise these two barriers above the waves?
Happily for him, the station had neither gates nor barriers.