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Variant of bark3.
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(bɑːk) or


1. (Nautical Terms) a sailing ship of three or more masts having the foremasts rigged square and the aftermast rigged fore-and-aft
2. poetic any boat, esp a small sailing vessel
[C15: from Old French, from Old Provençal barca, from Late Latin, of unknown origin]
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1. the abrupt, explosive cry of a dog.
2. a similar sound made by another animal, as a fox.
3. a short, explosive sound, as of firearms.
4. a brusque order, reply, etc.
5. a cough.
6. (of a dog or other animal) to utter an abrupt, explosive cry.
7. to make a similar sound: The big guns barked.
8. to speak sharply or gruffly.
9. to advertise some attraction, as a carnival sideshow, by standing outside and calling to passersby.
10. to cough.
11. to utter in a harsh, shouting tone: to bark orders at subordinates.
bark up the wrong tree, to misdirect one's thoughts or efforts.
[before 900; Middle English berken, Old English beorcan; akin to Old English borcian to bark, Old Norse berkja to bluster]
bark′less, adj.


1. the external covering of the woody stems, branches, and roots of plants, as distinct and separable from the wood itself.
2. a mixture of oak and hemlock barks used in tanning.
3. candy, usu. of chocolate with large pieces of nuts, made in flat sheets.
4. to scrape the skin of, as by bumping into something.
5. to treat with a bark infusion; tan.
6. to strip the bark from; peel.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old Norse bǫrkr (genitive barkar)]
bark′less, adj.


or barque


1. a sailing vessel having three or more masts, square-rigged on all but the aftermost.
2. (formerly) any boat or sailing vessel.
[1425–75; late Middle English barke < Old French barque « Late Latin barca, Latin *bārica, bāris < Greek bâris Egyptian barge < Coptic barī barge]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.barque - a sailing ship with 3 (or more) mastsbarque - a sailing ship with 3 (or more) masts
sailing ship, sailing vessel - a vessel that is powered by the wind; often having several masts
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References in classic literature ?
The foreigners were deported to Nizhni by boat, and Rostopchin had said to them in French: "Rentrez en vousmemes; entrez dans la barque, et n'en faites pas une barque de Charon."* There was talk of all the government offices having been already removed from Moscow, and to this Shinshin's witticism was added- that for that alone Moscow ought to be grateful to Napoleon.
She made an awful lot of smoke; and before it had quite blown away, a high-sided, short, wooden barque, in ballast and towed by a paddle-tug, appeared in front of the windows.
Of course when Peter landed he beached his barque [small ship, actually the Never Bird's nest in this particular case in point] in a place where the bird would easily find it; but the hat was such a great success that she abandoned the nest.
The captain of an Australian vessel, being in distress for men in these remote seas, had put into Nukuheva in order to recruit his ship's company; but not a single man was to be obtained; and the barque was about to get under weigh, when she was boarded by Karakoee, who informed the disappointed Englishman that an American sailor was detained by the savages in the neighbouring bay of Typee; and he offered, if supplied with suitable articles of traffic, to undertake his release.
Among my headings under this one twelve months I find an account of the adventure of the Paradol Chamber, of the Amateur Mendicant Society, who held a luxurious club in the lower vault of a furniture warehouse, of the facts connected with the loss of the British barque "Sophy Anderson", of the singular adventures of the Grice Patersons in the island of Uffa, and finally of the Camberwell poisoning case.
Then following the clew that, in the hands of the Abbe Faria, had been so skilfully used to guide him through the Daedalian labyrinth of probabilities, he thought that the Cardinal Spada, anxious not to be watched, had entered the creek, concealed his little barque, followed the line marked by the notches in the rock, and at the end of it had buried his treasure.
I shipped to Melbourne as third mate on a barque, and I deserted for the diggings in the usual course.
and O., blond Northmen from a Swedish barque, Japanese from a man-of-war, English sailors, Spaniards, pleasant-looking fellows from a French cruiser, negroes off an American tramp.
I cross the water without a barque, I cross the water without a boat.
"All this is quite true, my dear Cornelius, but still more certain it is, that if at this moment our correspondence with the Marquis de Louvois were discovered, skilful pilot as I am, I should not be able to save the frail barque which is to carry the brothers De Witt and their fortunes out of Holland.
A whole fleet of copper-bottomed barques, as strong in rib and planking, as well-found in gear, as ever was sent upon the seas, manned by hardy crews and commanded by young masters, was engaged in that now long defunct trade.
It is quite as much as I can do to take care of myself, without taking care of ships, barques, brigs, schooners, and what not.