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bare 1

adj. bar·er, bar·est
1. Lacking the usual or appropriate covering or clothing; naked: a bare arm.
2. Exposed to view; undisguised: bare fangs.
3. Lacking the usual furnishings, equipment, or decoration: bare walls.
4. Having no addition, adornment, or qualification: the bare facts.
5. Just sufficient; mere: the bare necessities.
6. Obsolete Bareheaded.
tr.v. bared, bar·ing, bares
1. To make bare; uncover or reveal: bared their heads; baring secrets.
2. To expose: The dog bared its teeth.

[Middle English bar, from Old English bær; see bhoso- in Indo-European roots.]

bare′ness n.

bare 2

v. Archaic
A past tense of bear1.
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  1. Bare as the back of my hand —John Ray’s Proverbs
  2. As naked as the last leftover clap in a theatre —Joe Coomer
  3. Bare as a birch at Christmas —Sir Walter Scott

    Scott used this in both The Fortunes of Nigel and Quentin Durward.

  4. Bare as a bird’s tail —Edward Ward
  5. Bare as a newly shorn sheep —John Lydgate

    The simile has been modernized from “Bare as a sheep that is but newe shorn.”

  6. (There she was, on the bed beside me, as) bare-assed as Eve in Eden —George Garrett
  7. Bare as shame —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  8. Bare as winter trees —William Wordsworth
  9. Bare like a carcass picked by crows —Jonathan Swift
  10. More desolate than the wilderness —The Holy Bible/Ezekiel
  11. Naked as an egg —F. van Wyck Mason
  12. Naked as a peach pit —Helen Dudar, Wall Street Journal, November 26, 1986

    Even writers not given to using similes often use them as attention-grabbers at the beginning of an article, as Helen Dudar did to introduce her subject, novelist Paget Powell.

  13. Naked as a stone —Angela Carter
  14. Naked as a table cloth —Frank O’Hara
  15. Naked as a weather report —Robert Traver
  16. Naked as rain —Wallace Stevens
  17. Nude as fruit on limb —George Garrett
  18. (Voice wearing) raw as a rubbed heel —Sharon Sheehe Stark
  19. (I’m simply against) showing girls as if they were pork chops —Germaine Greer on Playmate features in Playboy Magazine, January, 1972
  20. Standing naked as a dead man’s shadow —A. D. Winans
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bareness - a bleak and desolate atmospherebareness - a bleak and desolate atmosphere; "the nakedness of the landscape"
gloominess, glumness, gloom - an atmosphere of depression and melancholy; "gloom pervaded the office"
2.bareness - the state of being unclothed and exposed (especially of a part of the body)bareness - the state of being unclothed and exposed (especially of a part of the body)
nakedness, nudeness, nudity - the state of being without clothing or covering of any kind
3.bareness - an extreme lack of furnishings or ornamentationbareness - an extreme lack of furnishings or ornamentation; "I was struck by the starkness of my father's room"
plainness - the appearance of being plain and unpretentious
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The state of being without clothes:
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[ˈbɛənɪs] N
1. (= nakedness) → desnudez f
2. (= emptiness) [of room] → lo vacío; [of wall, tree] → desnudez f; [of landscape] → desnudez f, lo pelado
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nNacktheit f; (of person also)Blöße f; (of trees, countryside)Kahlheit f; (of room, garden)Leere f; (of style)Nüchternheit f
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[ˈbɛənɪs] nnudità
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(beə) adjective
1. uncovered or naked. bare skin; bare floors.
2. empty. bare shelves.
3. of trees etc, without leaves.
4. worn thin. The carpet is a bit bare.
5. basic; essential. the bare necessities of life.
to uncover. The dog bared its teeth in anger.
ˈbarely adverb
scarcely or only just. We have barely enough food.
ˈbareness noun
ˈbareback adverb, adjective
without a saddle. I enjoy riding bareback.
ˈbarefaced adjective
openly impudent. a barefaced lie.
ˈbarefoot(ed) adjective, adverb
not wearing shoes or socks etc. The children go barefoot on the beach.
ˌbareˈheaded adjective, adverb
not wearing a hat etc.
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References in classic literature ?
There was an orchard behind it, and a nicely kept lawn before it, but, somehow, there was a certain bareness about it.
The bareness of the squalid room made the pain of it more poignant.
The whitewashed walls were so painfully bare and staring that she thought they must ache over their own bareness. The floor was bare, too, except for a round braided mat in the middle such as Anne had never seen before.
Such a fact as that suggested bareness, but nonetheless it worked happily into the sentimental interest I had always taken in the early movements of my countrymen as visitors to Europe.
The outdoor air had apparently taken away from him all tendency to act on impulse; she knew that he saw her without irradiation--in all her bareness; that Time was chanting his satiric psalm at her then
Notre-Dame de Paris has not, like the Abbey of Tournus, the grave and massive frame, the large and round vault, the glacial bareness, the majestic simplicity of the edifices which have the rounded arch for their progenitor.
It was this new strange bareness that Tom felt first, before he thought of looking again at the face which was also lit up by the fire, and which stole a half-shy, questioning glance at him as the entirely strange voice said:
Here and there, above this shelf, a head of Niobe, hanging to a nail, presented her pose of woe; a Venus smiled; a hand thrust itself forward like that of a pauper asking alms; a few "ecorches," yellowed by smoke, looked like limbs snatched over-night from a graveyard; besides these objects, pictures, drawings, lay figures, frames without paintings, and paintings without frames gave to this irregular apartment that studio physiognomy which is distinguished for its singular jumble of ornament and bareness, poverty and riches, care and neglect.
The Crusaders had brought back with them experiences of domestic luxuries, of Damascus carpets and rugs of Aleppo, which made them impatient of the hideous bareness and want of privacy which they found in their ancestral strongholds.
Bluteau, you will arrive at a wonderfully clear comprehension of the bareness of my room and the untidy condition of my study, when you see all the continual comings and goings here.
But Lammle has him out again before he has so much as completely ascertained the bareness of the land.
There was an earthy savour in the air, a chilly bareness in the place, which associated itself somehow with too much getting up by candle-light, and not too much to eat.