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bar 1

 (bär)
n.
1. A relatively long, straight, rigid piece of solid material used as a fastener, support, barrier, or structural or mechanical member.
2.
a. A solid oblong block of a substance or combination of ingredients, such as soap or candy.
b. A usually rectangular slice of any of various flat baked confections that are typically dense in texture.
c. A rectangular block of a precious metal.
3. Sports
b. A horizontal rod that marks the height to be cleared in high jumping or pole vaulting.
4. A standard, expectation, or degree of requirement: a leader whose example set a high bar for others.
5. Something that impedes or prevents action or progress: A poor education was a bar to his ambitions.
6. A ridge, as of sand or gravel, on a shore or streambed, that is formed by the action of tides or currents.
7. A narrow marking, as a stripe or band.
8.
a. A narrow metal or embroidered strip worn on a military uniform indicating rank or service.
b. Chiefly British A small insignia worn on a military decoration indicating that it has been awarded an additional time.
9. Heraldry A pair of horizontal parallel lines drawn across a shield.
10. Law
a. The nullification, defeat, or prevention of a claim or action.
b. The process by which nullification, defeat, or prevention is achieved.
11. The railing in a courtroom separating the participants in a legal proceeding from the spectators.
12. A court or courtroom.
13. Law
a. Attorneys considered as a group. Used with the.
b. The profession of law. Used with the.
14. Music
a. A vertical line drawn through a staff to mark off a measure.
b. A measure.
15. Variant of barre.
16.
a. A counter at which drinks, especially alcoholic drinks, and sometimes food, are served.
b. An establishment or room having such a counter.
tr.v. barred, bar·ring, bars
1. To fasten securely with a long, straight, rigid piece of material: barred the gate.
2. To shut in or confine: barred themselves in the basement.
3. To obstruct or impede; block: barred the access route.
4. To keep out; exclude: Tourists are barred from this room.
5.
a. To prohibit or prevent (someone) from doing something: Failing the eye exam barred him from driving.
b. To prohibit (an action): The state bars the dumping of waste in the river.
c. Law To nullify, defeat, or prevent (a claim or action).
6. To rule out; except: Can we bar the possibility of foul play?
7. To mark with stripes or bands.
prep.
Chiefly British Except for; excluding: This was your best performance, bar none.
Idiom:
behind bars
In prison.

[Middle English barre, from Old French; see barre.]

bar 2

 (bär)
n.
A unit of pressure equal to one million (106) dynes per square centimeter.

[Greek baros, weight; see gwerə- in Indo-European roots.]

BAR

abbr.
Browning automatic rifle
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bars - gymnastic apparatus consisting of two parallel wooden rods supported on uprightsbars - gymnastic apparatus consisting of two parallel wooden rods supported on uprights
bar - a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises
exerciser, gymnastic apparatus - sports equipment used in gymnastic exercises
uneven bars, uneven parallel bars - a pair of parallel bars set at different heights; used in women's gymnastics
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
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He received no stars or bars, but he deserved them, for he cheerfully risked all he had, and life and love are very precious when both are in full bloom.
Strong, half-naked Indian paddlers were in charge of the canoes which were of sturdy construction and light draft, since the river, like most tropical streams, was of uncertain depths, choked here and there with sand bars or tropical growths.
Their home from the outside looked like a prison, with iron bars before the door and lower windows.
Then in the very bright spots she keeps still, and in the very shady spots she just takes hold of the bars and shakes them hard.
There was no water in the bared and burning bars of the river to reflect the vertical sun, but under its direct rays one or two tinned roofs and corrugated zinc cabins struck fire, a few canvas tents became dazzling to the eye, and the white wooded corral of the stage office and hotel insupportable.
Alone, except for a certain respectable and orderly young man, an artist in the daguerreotype line, who, for about three months back, had been a lodger in a remote gable,--quite a house by itself, indeed,--with locks, bolts, and oaken bars on all the intervening doors.
The fresh air that had come in through the open door made it easier to breathe, but the rushing sound overhead grew louder, and as I looked upward through the bars of my empty rack I saw a red light flickering on the wall.
There were twenty bars or so of it, and when they came to the end they began again.
The soft, earnest, quiet moonbeam looks in fixedly, marking the bars of the grated windows on the prostrate, sleeping forms.
And when it had got to the worst, and it seemed to me that I could not stand anything more, a fly got in through the bars and settled on my nose, and the bars were stuck and wouldn't work, and I couldn't get the visor up; and I could only shake my head, which was baking hot by this time, and the fly -- well, you know how a fly acts when he has got a certainty -- he only minded the shaking enough to change from nose to lip, and lip to ear, and buzz and buzz all around in there, and keep on lighting and biting, in a way that a person, already so distressed as I was, simply could not stand.
I can take down bars, I can distinguish oats from shoe-pegs, I can blaspheme a saddle-boil with the college-bred, and I know a few other things - not many; I have had no chance, I have always had to work; besides, I am of low birth and no family.
The moon was bright, and the light and shadow very strong; and nothing could be more picturesque than those curving streets, with their rows of huge high gables leaning far over toward each other in a friendly gossiping way, and the crowds below drifting through the alternating blots of gloom and mellow bars of moonlight.