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bar·rack 1

 (băr′ək)
tr.v. bar·racked, bar·rack·ing, bar·racks
To house (soldiers, for example) in quarters.
n. often barracks
1. A building or group of buildings used to house military personnel.
2. A large, unadorned building used for temporary occupancy.

[From French baraque, hut made of planks, barrack, from Middle French barraque, ultimately (via Old Provençal baraca Old Spanish barraca) from Catalan barraca, hut, perhaps partly from a source akin to Spanish varga, thatched hut (of unknown origin) and partly from medieval Andalusian Arabic *barrāka, perhaps meaning "hut for resting beasts of burden" (from Arabic barraka, to make (a camel) kneel; akin to Akkadian birku and Hebrew berek, knee).]

bar·rack 2

 (băr′ək)
v. bar·racked, bar·rack·ing, bar·racks
v.intr.
1. Chiefly British To jeer or shout at a player, speaker, or team.
2. Australian To shout support for a team.
v.tr. Chiefly British
To shout against; jeer at.

[Perhaps from Irish dialectal barrack, to brag; akin to brag.]

bar′rack·er n.

barracks

(ˈbærəks)
pl n (sometimes singular; when plural, sometimes functions as singular)
1. (Military) a building or group of buildings used to accommodate military personnel
2. any large building used for housing people, esp temporarily
3. a large and bleak building
[C17: from French baraque, from Old Catalan barraca hut, of uncertain origin]

barracks

Block accommodation for the military since Roman times.
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barracks

plural noun camp, quarters, garrison, encampment, billet, cantonment, casern an army barracks in the north of the city
Translations
ثَكَنَةٌ عَسْكَريّه
kasárny
barakkaserne
laktanya
hermannaskáli
kareivinės
kazarmas
kasárne
vojašnica

barracks

[ˈbærəks] NPL
1. (Mil) → cuartel msing
confined to barracksarrestado en cuartel
2. (= house) → caserón m
a great barracks of a place (Brit) → una casa enorme, un caserón

barracks

[ˈbærəks] nplcaserne f

barracks

pl (often with sing vb, Mil) → Kaserne f; (fig pej also)Mietskaserne f; to live in barracksin der Kaserne wohnen
attr barracks lifeKasernenleben nt; barrack(s) squareKasernenhof m

barracks

[ˈbærəks] nplcaserma sg
confined to barracks → consegnato/a in caserma

barracks

(ˈbӕrəks) noun singular or plural
a building or buildings for housing soldiers. confined to barracks (= not allowed to leave the barracks).
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The angles of a Square (and still more those of an equilateral Triangle), being much more pointed than those of a Pentagon, and the lines of inanimate objects (such as houses) being dimmer than the lines of Men and Women, it follows that there is no little danger lest the points of a square or triangular house residence might do serious injury to an inconsiderate or perhaps absent-minded traveller suddenly therefore, running against them: and as early as the eleventh century of our era, triangular houses were universally forbidden by Law, the only exceptions being fortifications, powder-magazines, barracks, and other state buildings, which it is not desirable that the general public should approach without circumspection.
After the ceremony I returned my machine to its quarters on the roof of the barracks of the air-scout squadron, and with an orderly from the palace to guide me I reported to the officer in charge of the palace.
Stent and Ogilvy, anticipating some possibilities of a collision, had telegraphed from Horsell to the barracks as soon as the Martians emerged, for the help of a company of soldiers to protect these strange creatures from violence.
Arrived at the barracks he made himself known, took the best horse in the stables, mounted and gained the high road.
At no great distance were the barracks and the guard-house, where his comrades were probably telling stories of battle and bloodshed.
The mutiny had broken out and the barracks of the Mavericks were one white-washed pandemonium.
I entertain nothing but the profoundest respect for the king; and if I have been impolite, which might be excused by my long sojourn in camps and barracks, your majesty is too much above me to be offended at a word that innocently escapes from a soldier.
At the back of the Infantry barracks a soldier, his cap over one eye, rushed in front of the horses and shouted that he was a dangerous highway robber.
Then they marched him back in charge of a drummer-boy to empty, lime-washed barracks, whose floors were covered with rubbish and string and paper, and whose ceilings gave back his lonely footfall.
I ought to have been interned in those filthy old barracks in Avignon a long time ago.
The married officers live out of barracks, and the Colonel has during all this time occupied a villa called Lachine, about half a mile from the north camp.
Let us add that if it is according to rule that the architecture of a building should be adapted to its purpose in such a manner that this purpose shall be immediately apparent from the mere aspect of the building, one cannot be too much amazed at a structure which might be indifferently--the palace of a king, a chamber of communes, a town-hall, a college, a riding-school, an academy, a warehouse, a court-house, a museum, a barracks, a sepulchre, a temple, or a theatre.