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bar·rel

 (băr′əl)
n.
1. A large cylindrical container, usually made of staves bound together with hoops, with a flat top and bottom of equal diameter.
2. The quantity that a barrel with a given or standard capacity will hold.
3. Abbr. bar. or bbl. or bl. Any of various units of volume or capacity. In the US Customary System it varies, as a liquid measure, from 31 to 42 gallons (117 to 159 liters) as established by law or usage.
4. A cylindrical or hollow part, especially:
a. The thicker portion of a baseball bat, from which the most powerful hits are struck.
b. The cylindrical part of a firearm through which the bullet travels.
c. A cylinder that contains a movable piston.
d. The drum of a capstan.
e. The cylinder within the mechanism of a timepiece that contains the mainspring.
5. The trunk of a quadruped animal, such as a horse or cow.
6. The tubular space inside a wave when it is breaking.
7. Informal A large quantity: a barrel of fun.
8. Slang An act or instance of moving rapidly, often recklessly, in a motor vehicle.
adj.
Resembling or similar to a barrel, as in shape: a barrel chest; barrel hips.
v. bar·reled, bar·rel·ing, bar·rels or bar·relled or bar·rel·ling
v.tr.
To put or pack in a barrel.
v.intr. Informal
To move or progress rapidly: "That the European Union barreled ahead was not surprising" (Richard W. Stevenson).
Idioms:
on the barrel/barrelhead
Granting, giving, or requesting no credit: paid cash on the barrel for the car.
over a barrel
In a very awkward position from which extrication is difficult: During the negotiations the opposing faction had us over a barrel.

[Middle English barel, from Old French baril.]

barrel

(ˈbærəl)
n
1. a cylindrical container usually bulging outwards in the middle and held together by metal hoops; cask
2. Also called: barrelful the amount that a barrel can hold
3. (Units) a unit of capacity used in brewing, equal to 36 Imperial gallons
4. (Units) a unit of capacity used in the oil and other industries, normally equal to 42 US gallons or 35 Imperial gallons
5. a thing or part shaped like a barrel, esp a tubular part of a machine
6. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) the tube through which the projectile of a firearm is discharged
7. (Horology) horology the cylindrical drum in a watch or clock that is rotated by the mainspring
8. (Zoology) the trunk of a four-legged animal: the barrel of a horse.
9. (Zoology) the quill of a feather
10. informal a large measure; a great deal (esp in the phrases barrel of fun, barrel of laughs)
11. (Swimming, Water Sports & Surfing) informal Austral the hollow inner side of a wave
12. over a barrel informal powerless
13. scrape the barrel informal to be forced to use one's last and weakest resource
vb, -rels, -relling or -relled, -rels, -reling or -reled
14. (tr) to put into a barrel or barrels
15. (intr; foll by along, in, etc) informal (intr) to travel or move very fast
16. (Swimming, Water Sports & Surfing) informal Austral to ride on the inside of a wave
[C14: from Old French baril perhaps from barre bar1]

bar•rel

(ˈbær əl)

n., v. -reled, -rel•ing (esp. Brit.) -relled, -rel•ling. n.
1. a cylindrical wooden container with slightly bulging sides made of staves hooped together, and with flat, parallel ends.
2. a standard quantity that such a vessel can hold, as, in the U.S., 31.5 gallons of liquid or 105 dry quarts of fruits or vegetables.
3. any large quantity: a barrel of fun.
4. any container, case, or part similar to a wooden barrel.
5. the tubelike part of a gun from which the projectile emerges.
6. the cylindrical case in a watch or clock within which the mainspring is coiled.
7. the trunk of a quadruped, esp. of a horse or cow.
8. Also called throat. a passageway in a carburetor that has the shape of a Venturi tube.
v.t.
9. to put or pack in a barrel or barrels.
10. to pursue (one's way) or to force (something) to go at high speed.
v.i.
11. to travel or drive very fast: to barrel along the highway.
Idioms:
over a barrel, at the mercy of circumstances or one's adversaries; without choices.
[1250–1300; Middle English barell < Old French barril]

barrel


Past participle: barrelled
Gerund: barrelling

Imperative
barrel
barrel
Present
I barrel
you barrel
he/she/it barrels
we barrel
you barrel
they barrel
Preterite
I barrelled
you barrelled
he/she/it barrelled
we barrelled
you barrelled
they barrelled
Present Continuous
I am barrelling
you are barrelling
he/she/it is barrelling
we are barrelling
you are barrelling
they are barrelling
Present Perfect
I have barrelled
you have barrelled
he/she/it has barrelled
we have barrelled
you have barrelled
they have barrelled
Past Continuous
I was barrelling
you were barrelling
he/she/it was barrelling
we were barrelling
you were barrelling
they were barrelling
Past Perfect
I had barrelled
you had barrelled
he/she/it had barrelled
we had barrelled
you had barrelled
they had barrelled
Future
I will barrel
you will barrel
he/she/it will barrel
we will barrel
you will barrel
they will barrel
Future Perfect
I will have barrelled
you will have barrelled
he/she/it will have barrelled
we will have barrelled
you will have barrelled
they will have barrelled
Future Continuous
I will be barrelling
you will be barrelling
he/she/it will be barrelling
we will be barrelling
you will be barrelling
they will be barrelling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been barrelling
you have been barrelling
he/she/it has been barrelling
we have been barrelling
you have been barrelling
they have been barrelling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been barrelling
you will have been barrelling
he/she/it will have been barrelling
we will have been barrelling
you will have been barrelling
they will have been barrelling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been barrelling
you had been barrelling
he/she/it had been barrelling
we had been barrelling
you had been barrelling
they had been barrelling
Conditional
I would barrel
you would barrel
he/she/it would barrel
we would barrel
you would barrel
they would barrel
Past Conditional
I would have barrelled
you would have barrelled
he/she/it would have barrelled
we would have barrelled
you would have barrelled
they would have barrelled

Barrel

1. A round vessel made of wood staves or of sheet metal. Barrels had a greater length than diameter and those of wood bulged in the middle.
2. A unit of volume. There are no worldwide standards of size, and the official values may change through time. U.S. wine barrel volume (1920s) was thirty-one gallons. The beer barrel volume was thirty-one and half gallons, and the British imperial beer barrel contained thirty-six gallons. At the end of the twentieth century, a barrel of oil was forty-two gallons and a barrel of water was thirty-one and a half gallons. In 1866, a gallon was listed in Sweet’s Ready Reckoner (U.S.) as containing 277.25 cubic inches. By 1920, a U.S. gallon contained 231 cubic inches and, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, still contained 231 cubic inches.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.barrel - a tube through which a bullet travels when a gun is firedbarrel - a tube through which a bullet travels when a gun is fired
gun - a weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity (especially from a metal tube or barrel)
tube, tubing - conduit consisting of a long hollow object (usually cylindrical) used to hold and conduct objects or liquids or gases
2.barrel - a cylindrical container that holds liquidsbarrel - a cylindrical container that holds liquids
beer barrel, beer keg - a barrel that holds beer
breech, rear of barrel, rear of tube - opening in the rear of the barrel of a gun where bullets can be loaded
bung, spile - a plug used to close a hole in a barrel or flask
butt - a large cask (especially one holding a volume equivalent to 2 hogsheads or 126 gallons)
hogshead - a large cask especially one holding 63 gals
hoop, ring - a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling; "there was still a rusty iron hoop for tying a horse"
keg - small cask or barrel
pickle barrel - a barrel holding vinegar in which cucumbers are pickled
shook - a disassembled barrel; the parts packed for storage or shipment
stave, lag - one of several thin slats of wood forming the sides of a barrel or bucket
spigot, tap - a plug for a bunghole in a cask
tun - a large cask especially one holding a volume equivalent to 2 butts or 252 gals
vessel - an object used as a container (especially for liquids)
wine barrel, wine cask - a barrel that holds wine
3.barrel - a bulging cylindrical shapebarrel - a bulging cylindrical shape; hollow with flat ends
cylinder - a surface generated by rotating a parallel line around a fixed line
4.barrel - the quantity that a barrel (of any size) will holdbarrel - the quantity that a barrel (of any size) will hold
containerful - the quantity that a container will hold
5.barrel - any of various units of capacitybarrel - any of various units of capacity; "a barrel of beer is 31 gallons and a barrel of oil is 42 gallons"
United States liquid unit - a liquid unit officially adopted in the United States Customary System
British capacity unit, Imperial capacity unit - a unit of measure for capacity officially adopted in the British Imperial System; British units are both dry and wet
gal, gallon - United States liquid unit equal to 4 quarts or 3.785 liters
congius, Imperial gallon, gallon - a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 4 quarts or 4.545 liters
hogshead - a British unit of capacity for alcoholic beverages
Verb1.barrel - put in barrelsbarrel - put in barrels      
lay, place, put, set, position, pose - put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point"

barrel

noun cask, drum, butt, vat, cylinder, tub, keg, firkin barrels of pickled fish

barrel

noun
Informal. A great deal:
Informal: heap, lot, pack, peck, pile.
Regional: power, sight.
verb
Slang. To move swiftly:
Informal: hotfoot, rip.
Slang: highball.
Chiefly British: nip.
Translations
بَرْميلبِرْميلماسورَة البُنْدُقِيَّه
quart
sudbarelhlaveňbečka
tøndeankergeværløb
tynnyripiippuputki
bačva
ágyúcsõhordó
tunnabaulahlaup
statinėvamzdis
cilindrsmucastobrs
sodpuškina cev
fat
ถังใส่ของเหลว
nòngthùng tròn

barrel

[ˈbærəl]
A. N
1. (gen) → barril m, tonel m; [of oil] → barril m; (for rain) → tina f (Tech) → tambor m
to have sb over a barreltener a algn con el agua al cuello
to scrape the (bottom of the) barrelrebañar las últimas migas
2. [of gun, pen] → cañón m
B. CPD barrel organ Norganillo m
barrel vault Nbóveda f de cañón

barrel

[ˈbærəl] n
(= container) [beer, wine] → tonneau m; [fish] → caque f
to have sb over a barrel → avoir qn à sa merci
to scrape the bottom of the barrel, to scrape the barrel → racler les fonds de tiroir
to be a barrel of laughs [situation, event] → être une partie de plaisir
It wasn't exactly a barrel of laughs → Ce n'était pas vraiment une partie de plaisir.
The suppers are always a barrel of laughs
BUT On rigole toujours bien à ces dîners.; [person] → être rigolo(te)
(= standard unit) [oil] → baril m
[gun] → canon m
lock, stock, and barrel → en blocbarrel organ norgue m de Barbarie

barrel

n
Fass nt; (for oil, tar, rainwater etc) → Tonne f; (= measure: of oil) → Barrel nt; they’ve got us over a barrel (inf)sie haben uns in der Zange (inf); it wasn’t exactly a barrel of laughs (inf)es war nicht gerade komisch; she wasn’t exactly a barrel of laughs (inf)sie war nicht gerade in bester Stimmung; to pay cash on the barrel (US) → bar auf den Tisch or die Kralle (inf)zahlen ? biscuit, scrape
(of handgun)Lauf m; (of cannon etc)Rohr nt; to give somebody both barrelsauf jdn aus beiden Läufen feuern; I found myself looking down the barrel of a gunich hatte plötzlich eine Kanone vor der Nase (sl) ? lock2
(of fountain pen)Tank m
vt wine etc(in Fässer) (ab)füllen; herring(in Fässer) einlegen; barrelled beerFassbier nt

barrel

:
barrel-chested
adjbreitbrüstig, mit gewölbter Brust; to be barreleinen gewölbten Brustkasten haben
barrelful
nFass nt; (of oil)Barrel nt
barrelhead
n to pay cash on the barrel (US) → bar auf den Tisch or die Kralle (inf)zahlen
barrelhouse (US)
nKneipe f; (= jazz)Kneipenjazz m
adj barrel blues alte, in Kneipen gespielte Form des Blues
barrel organ
nDrehorgel f, → Leierkasten m
barrel roll
n (Aviat) → Rolle f (im Kunstflug)
barrel-shaped
adjfass- or tonnenförmig; barrel man/womanFass nt (inf)/Tonne f (inf)
barrel vault
nTonnengewölbe nt

barrel

[ˈbærəl] nbarile m; (of gun) → canna

barrel

(ˈbӕrəl) noun
1. a container of curved pieces of wood or of metal. The barrels contain beer.
2. a long, hollow, cylindrical shape, especially the tube-shaped part of a gun. The bullet jammed in the barrel of the gun.

barrel

بِرْميل sud tønde Fass βαρέλι barril tynnyri tonneau bačva barile ton tønne beczka barril бочка fat ถังใส่ของเหลว fıçı thùng tròn

barrel

n. [part of a syringe] cilindro; barril.

barrel

n (of a syringe) cilindro; — chest tórax en tonel
References in classic literature ?
Laurence was in the fish shop, but he didn't see me, for I kept behind the fish barrel, and he was busy with Mr.
The building had once been a factory for the making of barrel staves but was now vacant.
In the rear wall was another little cave; a round hole, not much bigger than an oil barrel, scooped out in the black earth.
The instant this unwelcome sight caught the eye of the scout, his rifle was leveled as by instinct, but the barrel gave no answer to the bright sparks of the flint.
A curious eye, privileged to take an account of stock and investigate behind the counter, would have discovered a barrel, yea, two or three barrels and half ditto,--one containing flour, another apples, and a third, perhaps, Indian meal.
There was a barrel factory, and a boiler-repair shop.
Marry, we shall have it a again," sighed the boy; "that same old weary tale that he hath told a thousand times in the same words, and that he WILL tell till he dieth, every time he hath gotten his barrel full and feeleth his exaggeration-mill a-working.
The limbs near the ground were nearly the thickness of a barrel.
In a barrel of odds and ends it is different; things get mixed up, and the juice kind of swaps around, and the things go better.
And while the late steamer Big Missouri worked and sweated in the sun, the retired artist sat on a barrel in the shade close by, dangled his legs, munched his apple, and planned the slaughter of more innocents.
all shall bolt out at once, like the bullet from the barrel.
he replied, pulling from his waistcoat a curiously- constructed pistol, having a double-edged spring knife attached to the barrel.