bark

Definitions

  • The Bark Mill
    The Bark Mill
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bark tan (a skin) with bark tannins
    • v bark speak in an unfriendly tone "She barked into the dictaphone"
    • v bark make barking sounds "The dogs barked at the stranger"
    • v bark remove the bark of a tree
    • v bark cover with bark
    • n bark a sailing ship with 3 (or more) masts
    • n bark the sound made by a dog
    • n bark a noise resembling the bark of a dog
    • n bark tough protective covering of the woody stems and roots of trees and other woody plants
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Dogs barking at lame man Dogs barking at lame man
Bark Bark
Dog barking at a magpie Dog barking at a magpie

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Basenji dog is the only dog that is not able to bark
    • Bark (Naut) A three-masted vessel, having her foremast and mainmast square-rigged, and her mizzenmast schooner-rigged.
    • Bark Formerly, any small sailing vessel, as a pinnace, fishing smack, etc.; also, a rowing boat; a barge. Now applied poetically to a sailing vessel or boat of any kind.
    • n Bark The short, loud, explosive sound uttered by a dog; a similar sound made by some other animals.
    • Bark To abrade or rub off any outer covering from; as to bark one's heel.
    • Bark To cover or inclose with bark, or as with bark; as, to bark the roof of a hut.
    • Bark To girdle. See Girdle v. t., 3.
    • Bark To make a clamor; to make importunate outcries. "They bark , and say the Scripture maketh heretics.""Where there is the barking of the belly, there no other commands will be heard, much less obeyed."
    • Bark To make a short, loud, explosive noise with the vocal organs; -- said of some animals, but especially of dogs.
    • Bark To strip the bark from; to peel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cats sweat through the pads of their feet (especially when they hear a dog barking) and cannot taste sweet things.
    • bark To utter an abrupt explosive cry: said of a dog, and hence of other animals.
    • bark Figuratively, to clamor; pursue with unreasonable clamor or reproach: usually followed by at.
    • bark To cough.
    • bark To utter or give forth with a bark.
    • bark To break out with: as, to bark out flame.
    • n bark The abrupt explosive cry of a dog; hence, a cry resembling that of the dog, uttered by some other animals.
    • n bark Generally, the covering of the woody stems, branches, and roots of plants, as distinct and separable from the wood itself. In its strictest scientific sense it is limited to the dry and dead portion of this covering, as found on exogenous plants, which usually consists of parenchyma or soft cellular tissue, cork, and bast, in varying proportions. See bast, cork, and epidermis. It is very diverse and often complicated in structure, varying in these respects with the species upon which it is found; but it is usually arranged in annular concentric layers. As these become distended by the thickening of the stem, the outer layers often crack and are gradually cast off. In the bark the medicinal and other peculiar properties of the plant are usually abundant, especially tannin and many alkaloids. The younger and softer layer lying next to the young wood is called inner bark, liber, or bast. See cut under bast.
    • n bark Specifically— In pharmacy, Peruvian or Jesuits' bark (see Cinchona).
    • n bark In tanning, oak and hemlock barks.
    • bark To strip off the bark of, or remove a circle of bark from, as a tree; peel; specifically, to scrape off the outer or dead bark of. See barking, 1.
    • bark Hence To strip or rub off the outer covering of (anything, as the skin): as, to bark one's shins.
    • bark To cover or inclose with bark: as, to bark a house.
    • bark To cover, as the bark does a tree; incrust.
    • bark To apply bark to, as in the process of tanning; tan.
    • bark To color with an infusion or a decoction of bark: as, to bark sails or cordage.
    • bark To kill (game) by the concussion of a bullet which strikes the bark of a limb at the spot on which the animal is crouched, or by the flying bark.
    • n bark Nautical, a three-masted vessel, fore-and-aft rigged on the mizzenmast, the other two masts being square-rigged.
    • n bark A vessel of any kind, especially a sailing vessel of small size.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Goethe couldn't stand the sound of barking dogs and could only write if he had an apple rotting in the drawer of his desk.
    • n Bark bärk the abrupt cry uttered by a dog, wolf, &c
    • v.i Bark to yelp like a dog: to clamour
    • v.t Bark (Spens.) to utter with a bark
    • n Bark bärk a barge: a ship of small size, square-sterned, without head-rails: technically, a three-masted vessel whose mizzen-mast is fore-and-aft rigged instead of being square-rigged, like the fore and main masts—barks of over 3000 tons are now frequently built
    • n Bark bärk the rind or covering of the trunk and branches of a tree: that used in tanning or dyeing, or the residue thereof, laid upon a street to deaden the sound, &c.: the envelopment or outer covering of anything
    • v.t Bark to strip or peel the bark from: to rub off (skin)
    • v.i Bark to become like bark
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Quotations

  • John Calvin
    John Calvin
    “A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    Bertrand%20Russell
    “No matter how eloquently a dog may bark, he cannot tell you that his parents were poor, but honest.”
  • Francesco Petrarch
    Francesco Petrarch
    “How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “One dog barks at something, the rest bark at him.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Conscience is the dog that can't bite, but never stops barking.”
  • Quintus Curtius Rufus
    Quintus Curtius Rufus
    “A cowardly cur barks more fiercely than it bites.”

Idioms

All bark and no bite - When someone talks tough but really isn't, they are all bark and no bite.
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Bark is worse than their bite - Someone who's bark is worse than their bite may well get angry and shout, but doesn't take action.
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Barking up the wrong tree - If you are barking up the wrong tree, it means that you have completely misunderstood something or are totally wrong.
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Don't know whether to wind a watch or bark at the moon - If you don't know what to do, you don't know whether to wind a watch or bark at the moon.
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Don't stop and kick at every dog that barks at you - (USA) If we stop to kick at every dog that barks at us we will never arrive at our destination in life, because we are obsessed with righting insignifigant wrongs that should have no more effect on us then a dog that barks as we walk by.
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My dogs are barking - (USA) When someone says this, they mean that their feet are hurting.
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Why keep a dog and bark yourself? - There's no need to do something yourself when you have somebody to do it for you, usually trivial matters.
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You do not get a dog and bark yourself - (UK) If there is someone in a lower position who can or should do a task, then you shouldn't do it.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. barque, fr. Sp. or It. barca, fr. LL. barca, for barica,. See Barge

Usage

In literature:

At intervals during the day they met a few Kakisas, singly or in pairs, in their beautifully-made little birch-bark canoes.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
The birds rose with a whirr; the little gun barked; the pointer dropped to his haunches; it was perfect work.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
Heno led the way to a bark lodge in the center of the village, and motioned to Henry to enter.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
They are found under most kinds of bark; therefore I advise you to take care when searching through it.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
Examine the bark of apple trees for pupae in the fall.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Better a dog fawn on you than bark at you.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Bark is the outer part of the cortex that has perished, having been cut off from nourishment by the thin hard plates of the bark-scales.
"The Genus Pinus" by George Russell Shaw
Men at first made shelters for themselves from anything that was at hand, such as bark, skins, rock, or earth.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
While we were resting and listening, a sharp, querulous bark came suddenly to our ears from out in the woods behind us.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
He lay still, like a barked log, sun-dappled, in the shadow of the trees.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
The bark yields a strong fibre which is made into ropes and woven into cloth.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
Maria Clara followed them with her eyes, as, at the approach of the two barks, they flew away from the shore.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
It is best to insert both buds and grafts in parts having smooth bark, though grafts can be placed in rough barked parts as well.
"The Pecan and its Culture" by H. Harold Hume
Near town or where the forests are small use the bark from the old dead trees.
"Shelters, Shacks and Shanties" by D.C. Beard
Scipio barked and barked, so loudly Daoud put his hands over his ears.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Straight to the Big Red Cow ran Rover and barked.
"Prince and Rover of Cloverfield Farm" by Helen Fuller Orton
Instead, he jumped about, foolishly stiff-legged as a dog will when he thinks he has found a friend, and barked.
"The Girls of Central High in Camp" by Gertrude W. Morrison
A dog burst out of Wolf Paw's doorway and floundered through the snow, its short pointed ears flattened, barking at her.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Corticola means dwelling on bark.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Down went Denis's bone, and out rushed he, barking at the top of his voice.
"Dog Stories from the "Spectator"" by Various
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In poetry:

Yet still with a shudder
I drift through the dark
And fear holds the rudder,
A-guiding my bark.
"Fear" by Gamaliel Bradford
Hark, hark
The dogs do bark
Beggars are coming to town;
Some in jags,
Some in rags,
And some in velvet gowns.
"Little Red Riding-Hood" by Clara Doty Bates
And Erin’s a bark
O’er the wide waters driven!
And the tempest howls dark,
And her side planks are riven!
"The Downfall Of The Gael" by Samuel Ferguson
Oh, would you wish,
Without a dish,
Your scanty meal from a piece of bark,
And a wood fire to illume the dark?
"Dwell not with Me" by Anonymous Oceania
Yet still that noble Taylor pup
Survives to romp and bark
And stumble over folks and things
In fair Buena Park.
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
THE pilot's at the helm,
Yon vessel's course to mark;
Yet shall destruction soon o'erwhelm
The unsuspecting bark.
"Enigma XXVIII." by Elizabeth Hitchener

In news:

Sucre 's holiday "bark".
Five great ways to offer suet : in a charming miniature chalet, squished between bark-like panels, between double-ladders, in a decorative wreath, and upside-down.
And Texarkana , Texas, combined to win the $100,000 top prize in the second nationwide "Bark for Your Park" contest sponsored by PetSafe.
Evergreen conifers contribute in a more subtle way, by introducing bark and foliage texture into the landscape.
'Simon and the Oaks ' review: Its bark is so much bigger than its bite.
She's surrounded by monitors and barks orders into a headset: "Camera six, zoom out," she orders firmly.
Dogs barked at its collection of nasty noises, which sounded like the rumbles and quakes from some distant urban war.
HARRIS — Bark River-Harris head coach John Jorasz feels he has a volleyball team ready to take the next step.
Sometimes it's just a matter of barking up the right tree.
Sharon and Doug Usedom will have a booth selling English toffee and peppermint bark at today's Communty Christmas Bazaar.
Tra Thomas has some pain in his back these days where he had surgery once, and his knees bark at him occasionally, but for a man who played a dozen seasons of offensive tackle in the NFL, Thomas got away almost clean.
"Red team's going in," barked the instructor in a gravelly voice.
You won't need fancy dyes to color the twigs you collect, since their bark will already be painted in natural shades of green, grey, brown, and red.
Dog parks provide space for our "best friends" to socialize, and socialized dogs bark less and are less aggressive.
Orchid mix contains large particles of bark and perlite, which creates large pore spaces.
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In science:

We know that, during the development of quantum mechanics, most ideas did not work and, at any given time, almost everyone was barking up the wrong tree.
Overview and Outlook
Imagine a bag of signs, corresponding to “the big brown dog barked”, has been passed to the generation phase.
An Efficient Generation Algorithm for Lexicalist MT
In this case, the first move will be PAST to bark, by conjunction (figure 7).
An Efficient Generation Algorithm for Lexicalist MT
After further testing, we again re-enter the rewrite phase and this time note that brown can be inserted in the maximal TNCB the dog barked adjoined with dog (figure 9).
An Efficient Generation Algorithm for Lexicalist MT
The final result is the TNCB in figure 11, whose orthography is “the big brown dog barked”.
An Efficient Generation Algorithm for Lexicalist MT
Research into the relationship between diameter (breast high or above buttress, over bark) and log volume provided no evidence to suggest that there was any increase in defect or any reduction in log length in trees harvested from previously logged stands (Henry 1989).
Effects of Selection Logging on Rainforest Productivity
Wildland fuel is composed of live and dead plant material consisting primarily of leaf litter, twigs, bark, wood, grasses, and shrubs. (Beall and Eickner, 1970), with a considerable range of physical structures, chemical components, age and level of biological decomposition.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models
The aerodynamic and combustion characteristics of eucalypt bark: A firebrand study.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models
Fuel was characterised by a layer of dead leaves, twigs, bark and floral parts on the forest floor with low (<0.5 m, 30% cover) understorey of live and suspended vegetation.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
For the notion of the Zariski decomposition and of the bark Bk D of an effective snc-divisor D see [Miy01, §2.3].
Recent progress in the geometry of Q-acyclic surfaces
For example, in a bigram model trained on sufficient data the probability of the bigram ‘dog barked’ could be expected to be significantly higher than ‘cat barked’, and this slice of “world knowledge” is something our model lacks.
A State-Transition Grammar for Data-Oriented Parsing
In contrast to n-grams, where this sentence would cloud somewhat the “world knowledge”, containing as it does the bigram ‘cat barked’, the added structure of our model allows the lexical preference to be captured no matter how far the head noun is from the head verb.
A State-Transition Grammar for Data-Oriented Parsing
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