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barb 1

 (bärb)
n.
1. A sharp point projecting in reverse direction to the main point of a weapon or tool, as on an arrow or fishhook.
2. A cutting remark.
3. Zoology A small, sharp point projecting in reverse direction from the tip, as on a porcupine quill or a bee sting.
4. Zoology One of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather.
5. Botany A short, sharp, reflexed bristle or hairlike projection.
6. See barbel1.
7. Any of various Old World freshwater fishes of the genera Barbus, Puntius, and related genera of the family Cyprinidae.
8. A linen covering for a woman's head, throat, and chin worn in medieval times.
tr.v. barbed, barb·ing, barbs
To provide or furnish with a barb.

[Middle English barbe, from Old French, beard, from Latin barba; see bhardh-ā- in Indo-European roots.]

barb 2

 (bärb)
n.
1. A horse of a breed introduced by the Moors into Spain from northern Africa that has high withers and an arched neck and is known for its speed and endurance.
2. Any of a breed of domestic pigeon that has prominent wattles around the eyes.

[French barbe, from Italian barbero, Berber, from Vulgar LatinBarbaria, Barbary States, from Latin barbarus, barbarous; see barbarous.]

barb

(bɑːb)
n
1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a subsidiary point facing in the opposite direction to the main point of a fish-hook, harpoon, arrow, etc, intended to make extraction difficult
2. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) any of various pointed parts, as on barbed wire
3. a cutting remark; gibe
4. (Zoology) any of the numerous hairlike filaments that form the vane of a feather
5. (Zoology) a beardlike growth in certain animals
6. (Botany) a hooked hair or projection on certain fruits
7. (Animals) any small cyprinid fish of the genus Barbus (or Puntius) and related genera, such as B. conchonius (rosy barb)
8. (Veterinary Science) (usually plural) any of the small fleshy protuberances beneath the tongue in horses and cattle
9. (Clothing & Fashion) a white linen cloth forming part of a headdress extending from the chin to the upper chest, originally worn by women in the Middle Ages, now worn by nuns of some orders
10. obsolete a beard
vb
(tr) to provide with a barb or barbs
[C14: from Old French barbe beard, point, from Latin barba beard]
barbed adj

barb

(bɑːb)
n
(Animals) (often capital) a breed of horse of North African origin, similar to the Arab but less spirited
[C17: from French barbe, from Italian barbero a Barbary (horse)]

barb

(bɑːb)
n
(Animals) Austral a black kelpie. See kelpie1
[C19: named after one that was named Barb after a winning racehorse]

BARB

(bɑːb)
(in Britain) n acronym for
(Broadcasting) Broadcasters' Audience Research Board

barb1

(bɑrb)
n.
1. a point or pointed part projecting backward from a main point, as of a fishhook or arrowhead.
2. an obviously or openly unpleasant or carping remark.
3. a hooked or sharp bristle.
4. one of the series of paired parallel rods that attach to the central shaft of a feather and form its web. See illus. at feather.
5. one of a breed of domestic pigeons, similar to the carriers or homers, having a short, broad bill.
6.
a. any of numerous small, Old World cyprinid fishes of the genera Barbus and Puntius, often kept in aquariums.
7. Also, barbe. a linen covering for the neck and breast, worn by women in mourning in the 14th to 16th centuries.
8. Obs. a beard.
v.t.
9. to furnish with a barb or barbs.
[1300–50; Middle English barbe < Middle French « Latin barba beard, beardlike projection]

barb2

(bɑrb)

n.
one of a breed of horses related to the Arabian, raised orig. in Barbary.
[1630–40; < French barbe < Italian barbero, derivative of Barberia Barbary]

barb

(bärb)
1. A sharp point projecting backward, as on the stinger of a bee.
2. One of the hair-like branches on the shaft of a feather.

barb

- As any type of spike or projection, it is based on Latin barba, "beard"; it is also a piece of vertically pleated linen worn over or under the chin, as by nuns.
See also related terms for spike.

barb


Past participle: barbed
Gerund: barbing

Imperative
barb
barb
Present
I barb
you barb
he/she/it barbs
we barb
you barb
they barb
Preterite
I barbed
you barbed
he/she/it barbed
we barbed
you barbed
they barbed
Present Continuous
I am barbing
you are barbing
he/she/it is barbing
we are barbing
you are barbing
they are barbing
Present Perfect
I have barbed
you have barbed
he/she/it has barbed
we have barbed
you have barbed
they have barbed
Past Continuous
I was barbing
you were barbing
he/she/it was barbing
we were barbing
you were barbing
they were barbing
Past Perfect
I had barbed
you had barbed
he/she/it had barbed
we had barbed
you had barbed
they had barbed
Future
I will barb
you will barb
he/she/it will barb
we will barb
you will barb
they will barb
Future Perfect
I will have barbed
you will have barbed
he/she/it will have barbed
we will have barbed
you will have barbed
they will have barbed
Future Continuous
I will be barbing
you will be barbing
he/she/it will be barbing
we will be barbing
you will be barbing
they will be barbing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been barbing
you have been barbing
he/she/it has been barbing
we have been barbing
you have been barbing
they have been barbing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been barbing
you will have been barbing
he/she/it will have been barbing
we will have been barbing
you will have been barbing
they will have been barbing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been barbing
you had been barbing
he/she/it had been barbing
we had been barbing
you had been barbing
they had been barbing
Conditional
I would barb
you would barb
he/she/it would barb
we would barb
you would barb
they would barb
Past Conditional
I would have barbed
you would have barbed
he/she/it would have barbed
we would have barbed
you would have barbed
they would have barbed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.barb - an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effectbarb - an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect; "his parting shot was `drop dead'"; "she threw shafts of sarcasm"; "she takes a dig at me every chance she gets"
comment, remark, input - a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information; "from time to time she contributed a personal comment on his account"
cheap shot - an unnecessarily aggressive and unfair remark directed at a defenseless person
2.barb - the pointed part of barbed wirebarb - the pointed part of barbed wire  
barbed wire, barbwire - strong wire with barbs at regular intervals used to prevent passage
point - sharp end; "he stuck the point of the knife into a tree"; "he broke the point of his pencil"
3.barb - a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to removebarb - a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove
arrowhead - the pointed head or striking tip of an arrow
fluke - a barb on a harpoon or arrow
hook - a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something
point - sharp end; "he stuck the point of the knife into a tree"; "he broke the point of his pencil"
lance, spear, shaft - a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon
4.barb - one of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a featherbarb - one of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather
web, vane - the flattened weblike part of a feather consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft
fibril, filament, strand - a very slender natural or synthetic fiber
Verb1.barb - provide with barbsbarb - provide with barbs; "barbed wire"  
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

barb

noun
1. point, spur, needle, spike, spine, thorn, bristle, quill, prickle, tine, prong Apply gentle pressure on the barb with the point of the pliers.
2. dig, abuse, slight, insult, put-down, snub, sneer, scoff, rebuff, affront, slap in the face (informal), gibe, aspersion The barb stung her exactly the way he hoped it would.
Translations
تَعْليق لاذِعشَوْكَة السَّهم أو الصُّنّاره
háčekjízlivá poznámka
modhagespydighedstikpille
agnhald; krókurháîsglósa
danteliskandi pastabaspygliuota vielaspygliuotasužkarpa
āķisdzēlīga piezīme
uštipačná poznámka
azarlamahoşa gitmeyen sözok ucuolta çengeli

barb

[bɑːb]
A. N
1. [of arrow, hook] → lengüeta f; [of feather] → barba f (Zool) → púa f
2. (fig) → dardo m
B. CPD barb wire N = barbed wire

barb

[ˈbɑːrb] n
(= sharp point) (on arrow)barbelure f; (on hook)barbillon m
(= gibe, criticism) → pique f

barb

n
(of hook, arrow)Widerhaken m; (of barbed wire)Stachel m, → Spitze f; (of feather)Fahne f; (Bot, Zool) → Bart m
(fig: of wit etc) → Spitze f; (liter, of remorse) → Stachel m
vt (lit)mit Widerhaken versehen

barb

[bɑːb] n (of hook, arrow) → punta

barb

(baːb) noun
1. a backward-facing point on an arrowhead, fishing-hook etc.
2. a hurtful remark.
barbed adjective
a barbed arrow/remark.
barbed wire wire with sharp points at intervals: I tore my skirt on that barbed wire; adjective (etc) with hyphen
a barbed-wire fence.

barb

n púa, lengüeta
References in classic literature ?
The head is a straight piece of elk horn, about seven inches long, on the point of which an artificial barb is made fast, with twine well gummed.
The Grand Duchess had on a white alpaca robe, with the seams and gores trimmed with black barb lace, and a little gray hat with a feather of the same color.
Hitched to the branches of the trees close at hand were six horses, one of them a barb with gay trappings upon which the Bishop was wont to ride, and the others laden with packs of divers shapes and kinds, one of which made Robin's eyes glisten, for it was a box not overlarge, but heavily bound with bands and ribs of iron.
The tearing of the cruel barb into her side brought a sudden scream of pain and fright from the mare, and then they both wheeled and broke for safety; but Tarzan of the Apes, for a distance of a few yards, could equal the speed of even these, and the first stride of the mare found her overhauled, with a savage beast at her shoulder.
It is barbless, and in place of the barb, the hook is filed long and tapering to a point as sharp as that of a needle.
Well, there he was; there was barb on one end and a big piece of lead on the other, so it couldn't be pulled out.
The barb is allied to the carrier, but, instead of a very long beak, has a very short and very broad one.
The history of this fine fellow would take up too much time just now; let it suffice to say that Roustan is a thoroughbred barb from the Atlas mountains, and a Barbary horse is as good as an Arab.
Their train of clouds stretching far behind and rising higher and higher, going to heaven while the cars are going to Boston, conceals the sun for a minute and casts my distant field into the shade, a celestial train beside which the petty train of cars which hugs the earth is but the barb of the spear.
The animal was probably indebted to the blood of Araby for its excellence, through a long pedigree, that embraced the steed of Mexico, the Spanish barb, and the Moorish charger.
But though boats have been taken down and lost in this way, yet it is this holding on, as it is called; this hooking up by the sharp barbs of his live flesh from the back; this it is that often torments the Leviathan into soon rising again to meet the sharp lance of his foes.
He could not tell who the chosen for the barbs might be, so he could center no direct sympathy upon him.