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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bar prevent from entering; keep out "He was barred from membership in the club"
    • v bar secure with, or as if with, bars "He barred the door"
    • v bar render unsuitable for passage "block the way","barricade the streets","stop the busy road"
    • v bar expel, as if by official decree "he was banished from his own country"
    • n bar the act of preventing "there was no bar against leaving","money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of influenza"
    • n bar a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon "there were bars in the windows to prevent escape"
    • n bar an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal "it was an excellent kick but the ball hit the bar"
    • n bar a counter where you can obtain food or drink "he bought a hot dog and a coke at the bar"
    • n bar (law) a railing that encloses the part of the courtroom where the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried "spectators were not allowed past the bar"
    • n bar a heating element in an electric fire "an electric fire with three bars"
    • n bar a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises
    • n bar a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter "he drowned his sorrows in whiskey at the bar"
    • n BAR a portable .30 caliber automatic rifle operated by gas pressure and fed by cartridges from a magazine; used by United States troops in World War I and in World War II and in the Korean War
    • n bar a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax) "a bar of chocolate"
    • n bar a narrow marking of a different color or texture from the background "a green toad with small black stripes or bars","may the Stars and Stripes forever wave"
    • n bar musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats "the orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song"
    • n bar the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction "he was admitted to the bar in New Jersey"
    • n bar a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore "the boat ran aground on a submerged bar in the river"
    • n bar (meteorology) a unit of pressure equal to a million dynes per square centimeter "unfortunately some writers have used bar for one dyne per square centimeter"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Steel-Bar Carpenter's Clamp Steel-Bar Carpenter's Clamp
Objects found at a 17th-century forge site at Jamestown: blacksmith’s tools, bar iron, a few incomplete items, sword guards, and slag. It appears that the forge was in operation as early as 1625 Objects found at a 17th-century forge site at Jamestown: blacksmith’s tools, bar iron, a few incomplete items, sword...
Bar'll cool her Bar'll cool her
dog at a bar dog at a bar
The prisoner looks out of a barred window, watched by two guards The prisoner looks out of a barred window, watched by two guards

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most popular treat for Halloween trick-or-treaters are candy bars with Snickers being the most popular
    • Bar A bank of sand, gravel, or other matter, esp. at the mouth of a river or harbor, obstructing navigation.
    • Bar A barrier or counter, over which liquors and food are passed to customers; hence, the portion of the room behind the counter where liquors for sale are kept.
    • Bar A broad shaft, or band, or stripe; as, a bar of light; a bar of color.
    • Bar (Mining) A drilling or tamping rod.
    • Bar (Arch) A gatehouse of a castle or fortified town.
    • Bar A piece of wood, metal, or other material, long in proportion to its breadth or thickness, used as a lever and for various other purposes, but especially for a hindrance, obstruction, or fastening; as, the bars of a fence or gate; the bar of a door. "Thou shalt make bars of shittim wood."
    • Bar (Arch) A slender strip of wood which divides and supports the glass of a window; a sash bar.
    • Bar (Law) A special plea constituting a sufficient answer to plaintiff's action.
    • Bar (Mining) A vein or dike crossing a lode.
    • Bar (Mus) A vertical line across the staff. Bars divide the staff into spaces which represent measures, and are themselves called measures.
    • Bar An indefinite quantity of some substance, so shaped as to be long in proportion to its breadth and thickness; as, a bar of gold or of lead; a bar of soap.
    • Bar (Her) An ordinary, like a fess but narrower, occupying only one fifth part of the field.
    • Bar Any railing that divides a room, or office, or hall of assembly, in order to reserve a space for those having special privileges; as, the bar of the House of Commons.
    • Bar Any tribunal; as, the bar of public opinion; the bar of God.
    • Bar Anything which obstructs, hinders, or prevents; an obstruction; a barrier. "Must I new bars to my own joy create?"
    • Bar (Far) The part of the crust of a horse's hoof which is bent inwards towards the frog at the heel on each side, and extends into the center of the sole.
    • Bar (Law) The place in court where prisoners are stationed for arraignment, trial, or sentence.
    • Bar (Law) The railing that incloses the place which counsel occupy in courts of justice. Hence, the phrase at the bar of the court signifies in open court.
    • Bar (Far) The space between the tusks and grinders in the upper jaw of a horse, in which the bit is placed.
    • Bar (Law) The whole body of lawyers licensed in a court or district; the legal profession.
    • Bar To cross with one or more stripes or lines. "For the sake of distinguishing the feet more clearly, I have barred them singly."
    • Bar To except; to exclude by exception. "Nay, but I bar to-night: you shall not gauge me
      By what we do to-night."
    • Bar To fasten with a bar; as, to bar a door or gate.
    • Bar To restrict or confine, as if by a bar; to hinder; to obstruct; to prevent; to prohibit; as, to bar the entrance of evil; distance bars our intercourse; the statute bars my right; the right is barred by time; a release bars the plaintiff's recovery; -- sometimes with up. "He barely looked the idea in the face, and hastened to bar it in its dungeon."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The popular chocolate bar "Three Musketeers" got its name because when it was first introduced in 1932 there were three individual bars. The flavours were strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla
    • n bar A piece of wood, metal, or other solid matter, long in proportion to its thickness, used for some mechanical purpose; a rod: as, a capstan-bar; the bars of a grate; the splinter-bar of a vehicle; especially, such a piece of wood or metal used as an obstruction or guard: as, the bars of a fence or gate; the bar of a door or window.
    • n bar Anything which obstructs, hinders, or impedes; an obstruction; an obstacle; a barrier.
    • n bar A barrier— At the entrance to a city, or between the city proper and its suburbs; hence, the gate at which the barrier was placed in former times, as Temple Bar in London, now removed, and the existing medieval bars of York.
    • n bar At a toll-house; a toll-gate. Also called toll-bar.
    • n bar An accumulation forming a bank obstructive to navigation or to the flow of water. A bank of sand, gravel, or earth forming a shoal in any body of water; a bank or shoal at the mouth of a river or harbor, obstructing entrance or rendering it difficult.
    • n bar A narrow point of land jutting out into the water. In placer-mining, an accumulation of sand or gravel in or near the bed of a stream.
    • n bar In law: The railing inclosing the place which counsel occupy in courts of justice.
    • n bar The place in court where prisoners are stationed for arraignment, trial, or sentence.
    • n bar The practising members of the legal profession in a given community; all those who have the right to plead in a court; counsel or barristers in general, or those present in court.
    • n bar A stoppage or defeat in an action or suit by countervailing the alleged right of action.
    • n bar In England, a railing or barrier which separates a space near the door from the body of either house of Parliament, beyond which none but members and clerks are admitted. At these bars counsel stand when pleading before the house, and to the same bar witnesses and such as have been ordered into custody for breaches of privilege are brought. In the houses of Congress, the bar, for the latter purpose, is the area in front of the presiding officer.
    • n bar Figuratively, any tribunal: as, the bar of public opinion; the bar of God.
    • n bar That portion of a tavern, inn, coffee-house, or the like, where liquors, etc., are set out; the counter over which articles are served in such an establishment.
    • n bar A band or stripe: as, a bar of light.
    • n bar In farriery, the upper part of the gums of a horse between the grinders and tusks, which bears no teeth, and to which the bit is fitted.
    • n bar In music, a line drawn perpendicularly across the staff, dividing it into equal measures of time and marking the place of the strong accent; hence, the space and notes included between two such lines; the portion of music represented by the included notes. See also double bar, below.
    • n bar In com.: An ingot, a lump, or a wedge, as of gold or silver, from the mines, run in a mold, and unwrought.
    • n bar A short piece of bar-iron about half a pound in weight, used as a medium of traffic with African negroes.
    • n bar In printing: The lever by which the pressure is applied in a hand-press.
    • n bar The middle cross-piece of a printers' chase.
    • n bar In heraldry, a horizontal stripe crossing the field, narrower than the fesse, and occupying usually one fifth or less of the field: one of the nine ordinaries. It is rare that one bar only is used; bars may be borne in any number, and the blazon always names the number; but when more than four, as they are smaller, they are called barrulets. See barry and barwise.
    • n bar In a bridle, the mouthpiece connecting the checks.
    • n bar In a rifle-sight, a plate in the form of a segment, with its upper or chord edge horizontal, and secured in a ring. If the plate has a vertical slot in it, it is called a slit barsight; if it has an annulus or smaller ring attached to it, it is a bar-sight or open bead-sight.
    • n bar In saddlery, one of the side pieces connecting the pommel and cantle of a saddle.
    • bar To fasten with a bar, or as with a bar.
    • bar To hinder; obstruct; prevent; prohibit; restrain.
    • bar To except; exclude by exception.
    • bar To provide with a bar or bars; mark with bars; cross with one or more stripes or lines.
    • bar To make into bars.
    • bar Except; omitting; but: as, to offer to bet two to one against any horse bar one.
    • n bar An acanthopterygian European fish, Sciæna aquila. Also called maigre.
    • bar An obsolete (Middle English) or dialectal form of bare.
    • bar A Middle English preterit of bear.
    • n bar A dialectal form of bear.
    • n bar A Middle English form of baron.
    • n bar In England, the space behind the bar, often large enough to form a small office. Also called bar-parlor.
    • n bar In anatomy: A general term for any of the cranial arches, such as Meckel's cartilage, or the hyoid and branchial arches, which have the form of more or less continuous rods or bars.
    • n bar Less often used for portions of the cranium which have a rod-like shape, as the jugal or postorbital bars. In this sense synonymous with *arcade or architecture
    • n bar In meteorology, a long cigar-shaped cloud, generally nearly stationary, but sometimes moving broadside on across the sky; specifically, the stationary cloud to the leeward of the helm-cloud over the Cross-fell range in England during easterly winds.
    • n bar The division between the two tables of a backgammon-board on which captured pieces are placed.
    • n bar Specifically, in violin-making, the same as bass-bar.
    • n bar Same as pennant-bar.
    • bar In any betting transaction, to exclude one of the possibilities: as, to bet 4 to 1, bar one, in a horse-race, meaning that a certain horse is not included.
    • bar An abbreviation of barometer.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name of the character that is behind bars in the Monopoly board game is Jake the Jailbird
    • n Bar bär a rod of any solid substance: a bolt: a hindrance or obstruction—the barrier of a city or street, as the bars of York, Temple Bar, a toll-bar: a bank of sand or other matter at the mouth of a river: any terminus or limit (of life)—e.g. as in To cross the bar: the railing that encloses a space in a tavern, the counter across which drinks are served, a public-house: the wooden rail dividing off the judge's seat, at which prisoners are placed for arraignment or sentence—hence, To appear at the bar, To pass the bar = to be formally referred for trial from a lower court to a higher: any tribunal: the pleaders in a court as distinguished from the judges: a division in music
    • v.t Bar to fasten or secure, as with a bar: to hinder or exclude:—pr.p. bar′ring; pa.p. barred
    • ***


  • Mark Twain
    “Barring that natural expression of villainy which we all have, the man looked honest enough.”
  • Frederick Langbridge
    Frederick Langbridge
    “Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “No padlocks, bolts, or bars can secure a maiden better than her own reserve.”
  • Bruce Jenner
    Bruce Jenner
    “Start early and begin raising the bar throughout the day.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Advice from a veteran trapeze performer: Throw your heart over the bars and your body will follow.”
  • Fulghum Robert
    Fulghum Robert
    “To be human is to keep rattling the bars of the cage of existence hollering, What's it for?”


All over bar the shouting - When something is all over bar the shouting, the outcome is absolutely certain.('All over but the shouting' is also used.)
Bar fly - A bar fly is a person who spends a lot of time drinking in different bars and pubs.
Behind bars - When someone is behind bars, they are in prison.
Color bar - Rules that restrict access on the basis of race or ethnicity are a color bar.
Lower the bar - If people change the standards required to make things easier, they lower the bar.
No holds barred - If there are no holds barred, there are no rules of conduct; you can do anything.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. barre, F. barre, fr. LL. barra, W. bar, the branch of a tree, bar, baren, branch, Gael. & Ir. barra, bar. √91


In literature:

Stephen, on the strength, I presume, of his legal studies, resolved to be called to the bar.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
A bar ran the whole length of this room, and drinkers were crowded in front of it.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
In the darkness the little bars glowed irridescent.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
Bar accidents, he'll be in camp by to-morry.
"Faro Nell and Her Friends" by Alfred Henry Lewis
Logan, with an oath, leaned over the bar toward Sassoon, and pointed contemptuously toward the end of the bar.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
He called for a glass of beer at the bar.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
Obeying instructions, the bartender took the bills from the cash drawers and laid them before the bandit on the bar.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
The bar and the gambling-tables were always his own care.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Crews deserted their ships, clerks deserted the company, trappers turned miners and took to the gold-bars.
"The Cariboo Trail" by Agnes C. Laut
Two sets of these riffle-bars go into each sluice-box, the box being twice as long as the bar.
"Hittel on Gold Mines and Mining" by John S. Hittell

In poetry:

Some men, some men
Cannot pass a
(Wait about, and hang about, and that's the way it goes.)
"Chant For Dark Hours" by Dorothy Parker
Turn key and lift bar,
Loose, oh, bolt and chain!
Open the door and let him in,
And then lock up again.
"Love's Castle" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
When the bars were open,
Whiskey had its fling,
Now we ride the water cart,
Along with George, our king.
"Rursery Rhymes" by Abner Cosens
"He who comes at candlelight,
That should come before,
Must betake him to the night
From a barred door."
"Love Came Back At Fall O' Dew" by Lizette Woodworth Reese
They cannot look out far.
They cannot look in deep.
Btu when was that ever a bar
To any watch they keep?
"Neither Out Far Nor In Deep" by Robert Frost
And he should drink no longer
Cheap beer at common bar,
But royal wine of Wunghnu
At two-and-nine the jar.
"A Vision Splendid" by Victor James Daley

In news:

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Cruise ship season has ended in Maine, but Bar Harbor officials say next year is already shaping up to be a record-breaker.
Time Warner Cable, which has exclusive rights to most Lakers TV broadcasts, still is unavailable to many in the region, including some sports bars — and that could cost those bars a lot of business.
On November 18 at around 4am, police say 26-year-old Michael Barrett got into an argument with an unknown suspect, later identified as Azell Keith Thrasher, Jr, inside of a sports bar at Cube 's Sports Bar on Plainfield.
Penn Quarter comedy club-turned-bar Penn Social is throwing a football watch and fundraiser Sunday afternoon to benefit two of the business's bar backs, injured last weekend by a drunk driver.
Editor's Note: The following is the fifth in a series of blogs provided by the experts who have worked incredibly hard to make Spike TV's "Bar Rescue" reality program, starring Nightclub & Bar Media Group President Jon Taffer, such a success.
Del Norte County District Attorney Jon Alexander has released a statement announcing he is putting his pending suit with with the Calfornia State Bar on hold until a result can be reached regarding the BAR's disciplinary case against him.
Disciplinary Actions Prepared by The Florida Bar's Public Information and Bar Services Department.
The State Bar's July response to Alexander's motion to compel discovery states the defense of discriminatory prosecution doesn't apply in State Bar cases, and that Alexander hasn't provided any evidence of discrimination .
Maybe you wouldn't eat a candy bar for lunch, but if you're in a hurry, you might be tempted to grab an energy bar.
Ozona's Bar & Grill $1 off all bar drinks $2 Margaritas.
Ozona's Bar & Grill $1 off all bar drinks $2 Wells$2 Captain Morgan products.
Dallas restaurant, wine bar, sports bar on Sunday, September 9, 2012.
After Work, Billiards, Dive Bar, Live Music, Neighborhood Bar, Open Mic, Outdoor Area, Smoking Area.
David Villanueva (right) of the Oxnard Police Department carries a tray of drinks from the bar while Detective Kathy Ennis works behind the bar during the Tip-A-Cop fundraiser at Dominick's Italian Restaurant.
Adulture spins Sunday nights at Smart Bar and the third Friday of every month at Beauty Bar in Chicago.

In science:

The solid error bars are obtained by the exact formulation (20), the dashed error bars are the results of the first-order approximation.
Violation of pseudospin symmetry in nucleon-nucleus scattering: exact relations
The solid error bars are obtained by the exact formulation (20), the dashed error bars are the results of the first-order approximation.
Violation of pseudospin symmetry in nucleon-nucleus scattering: exact relations
Young Compact Star Clusters in Barred Galaxies Barth et al. (1995) found young clusters in the circumnuclear star-forming rings around the barred spiral galaxies NGC 1097 and NGC 6951.
The Formation of Star Clusters
In the top panel, the short bar above the pulse denotes δ , the time difference between onset and maximum, while the longer bar below the pulse denotes the duration of the positive component.
Extensive Air Shower Radio Detection: Recent Results and Outlook
These barred spiral galaxies may have lower L′ CO because only one, massive molecular gas-rich galaxy is involved (though the bar instability may be triggered via an interaction with a satellite galaxy).
Molecular Gas in Infrared-Excess, Optically-Selected QSOs and the Connection with Infrared Luminous Galaxies