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barrealso bar (bär)
1. A handrail fixed to a wall, as in a dance studio, used by ballet dancers as a support in certain exercises.
2. A fingering technique used with fretted stringed instruments in which a finger is laid across the fretboard to stop all or several strings at once.
[French, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *barra, of Gaulish origin.]
(Ballet) a rail at hip height used for ballet practice and leg exercises
1. (Music, other) the act of laying the index finger over some or all of the strings of a guitar, lute, or similar instrument, so that the pitch of each stopped string is simultaneously raised. Compare capo1
2. (Music, other) the playing of chords in this manner
(Music, other) to execute (chords) in this manner
(Music, other) by using the barré
[C19: from French, from barrer bar1]
a handrail placed along a wall at hip height, used by a ballet dancer to maintain balance during practice.Also bar.
Past participle: barréed
A wooden bar just above hip height to give hand support for ballet class exercises.