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Clara Barton
photographed in 1904


 (bär′tn), Clarissa Harlowe Known as "Clara." 1821-1912.
American administrator who did battlefield relief work during the Civil War and organized the American Red Cross (1881).


(Agriculture) archaic a farmyard
[Old English beretūn, from bere barley + tūn stockade; see town]


1. (Biography) Sir Derek (Harold Richard). 1918–98, British organic chemist: shared the Nobel prize for chemistry (1969) for his work on conformational analysis
2. (Biography) Sir Edmund. 1849–1920, Australian statesman; first prime minister of Australia (1901–03)
3. (Biography) Elizabeth, known as the Maid of Kent. ?1506–34, English nun, who claimed the gift of prophecy. Her criticism of Henry VIII's attempt to annul his first marriage led to her execution
4. (Biography) John (Bernard Adie). born 1928, British theatre director, noted esp for his productions of Shakespeare


(ˈbɑr tn)

1. Clara, 1821–1912, U.S. philanthropist who organized the American Red Cross in 1881.
2. Derek H(arold) R(ichard), 1918–98, British chemist: Nobel prize 1969.
References in classic literature ?
Presently he said: "Fleming, your description of the beast fits the dog of the late Atwell Barton."
"I remember Barton," he said; "I believe he was--it was reported that--wasn't there something suspicious in his death?"
Looking squarely now into the eyes of his patient, the physician said: "Three years ago the body of your old enemy, Atwell Barton, was found in the woods near his house and yours.
Barton beamed broadly upon him, and was colossally gracious.
Barton laughed with them, but he was vaguely nettled.
Barton's, were bent over the table and following the pencil.
He earnestly pressed her, after giving the particulars of the house and garden, to come with her daughters to Barton Park, the place of his own residence, from whence she might judge, herself, whether Barton Cottage, for the houses were in the same parish, could, by any alteration, be made comfortable to her.
Mrs Crick congratulated Tess on the shilly-shallying having at last come to an end, and said that directly she set eyes on Tess she divined that she was to be the chosen one of somebody who was no common outdoor man; Tess had looked so superior as she walked across the barton on that afternoon of her arrival; that she was of a good family she could have sworn.
Sam Barton, described as "intelligent, funny and kind" by his mother, was 31 when he was found in the bathroom of his partner's home in Swansea on August 29, last year.
Ian Barton was determined to make a break for freedom when a cop arrived in the Widnes cul-de-sac where he lives to arrest him for another reckless bout of driving 10 months ago.
But Aron Barton, 28, ended up being fined PS500 by a judge after he failed to turn up at court part way through his trial.