• WordNet 3.6
    • v barb provide with barbs "barbed wire"
    • n barb one of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather
    • n barb a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove
    • n barb the pointed part of barbed wire
    • n barb an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect "his parting shot was `drop dead'","she threw shafts of sarcasm","she takes a dig at me every chance she gets"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 203 million dollars is spent on barbed wire each year in the U.S.
    • Barb A bit for a horse.
    • Barb (Zoöl) A blackish or dun variety of the pigeon, originally brought from Barbary.
    • Barb (Bot) A hair or bristle ending in a double hook.
    • Barb A muffler, worn by nuns and mourners.
    • Barb (Zoöl) A southern name for the kingfishes of the eastern and southeastern coasts of the United States; -- also improperly called whiting.
    • n Barb Armor for a horse. Same as 2d Bard n., 1.
    • Barb Beard, or that which resembles it, or grows in the place of it. "The barbel, so called by reason of his barbs , or wattles in his mouth."
    • Barb (Zoöl) One of the side branches of a feather, which collectively constitute the vane. See Feather.
    • Barb Paps, or little projections, of the mucous membrane, which mark the opening of the submaxillary glands under the tongue in horses and cattle. The name is mostly applied when the barbs are inflamed and swollen.
    • Barb The Barbary horse, a superior breed introduced from Barbary into Spain by the Moors.
    • Barb The point that stands backward in an arrow, fishhook, etc., to prevent it from being easily extracted. Hence: Anything which stands out with a sharp point obliquely or crosswise to something else. "Having two barbs or points."
    • Barb To clip; to mow.
    • Barb To furnish with barbs, or with that which will hold or hurt like barbs, as an arrow, fishhook, spear, etc. "But rattling storm of arrows barbed with fire."
    • Barb To shave or dress the beard of.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n barb A beard; anything which resembles a beard or grows in the place of it.
    • n barb In botany, a terminal tuft of hairs; a beard; more usually, a retrorse tooth or double tooth terminating an awn or prickle.
    • n barb In ornithology, one of the processes, of the first order, given off by the rachis of a feather.
    • n barb One of the sharp points projecting backward from the penetrating extremity of an arrow, fish-hook, or other instrument for piercing, intended to fix it in place; a beard.
    • n barb A linen covering for the throat and breast, sometimes also for the lower part of the face, worn by women throughout the middle ages in western Europe. It was at times peculiar to nuns or women in mourning.
    • n barb A band or small scarf of lace, or other fine material, worn by women at the neck or as a headdress.
    • n barb Same as barbel, 3.
    • n barb In heraldry, one of the five leaves of the calyx which project beyond and between the petals of the heraldic rose. See barbed, 3.
    • n barb A bur or roughness produced in the course of metal-working, as in coining and engraving.
    • n barb A military term used in the phrase to fire in barb, in barbette, or en barbe, that is, to fire cannon over the parapet instead of through the embrasures.
    • n barb Also spelled barbe.
    • barb To shave; dress the beard.
    • barb To pare or shave close to the surface; mow.
    • barb To clip, as gold.
    • barb To furnish with barbs, as an arrow, fish-hook, spear, or other instrument.
    • barb To shave.
    • n barb Same as bard, n.
    • barb Same as bard, verb
    • n barb A horse of the breed introduced by the Moors into Spain from Barbary and Morocco, and remarkable for speed, endurance, and docility. In Spain this noble race has degenerated, and true barbs are rare even in their native country.
    • n barb A breed of domestic pigeons having a short broad beak, classed by Darwin with the carriers and runts. Also called barb-pigeon, Barbary pigeon, and Barbary carrier.
    • n barb A sciænoid fish, Menticirrus alburnus, better known as kingfish. See kingfish.
    • barb To bend or hook the points of wire teeth in the card-clothing used in carding textile fibers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Barb bärb the beard-like jag near the point of an arrow, fish-hook, &c
    • v.t Barb to arm with barbs, as an arrow, &c.: to shave, trim, mow, to pierce, as with a barb
    • n Barb bärb a swift kind of horse, the breed of which came from Barbary in North Africa.
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  • Walter Savage Landor
    “The flame of anger, bright and brief, sharpens the barb of love.”
  • Charles Baudelaire
    “There is no more steely barb than that of the Infinite.”
  • Ronald Reagan
    “Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders.”
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    “There's no possibility of being witty without a little ill-nature -- the malice of a good thing is the barb that makes it stick.”
  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “Since my earliest childhood a barb of sorrow has lodged in my heart. As long as it stays I am ironic -- if it is pulled out I shall die.”


Trade barbs - If people trade barbs, they insult or attack each other.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. barbe, fr. L. barba, beard. See Beard (n.)


In literature:

At midnight the artillery, preceded by mounted Cossacks, passed through the lane of barbed wire into the forests.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
His wooden hook was clumsy, but tough as steel, while its point and its barb were exceedingly sharp.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
The barb wire fence has put them out of business.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
Greeley's taunts had barbed points.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
The immediate task was that of cutting and rolling up the barbed wire.
"The Blot on the Kaiser's 'Scutcheon" by Newell Dwight Hillis
Marie and myself were advocates for Barbes.
"Edmond Dantès" by Edmund Flagg
It had been said of Barb Doubleday, as a railroad builder, that he could handle an iron rail alone.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
The barb had pierced through the flesh, until about half of the shaft appeared on the opposite side.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Germany had armed guards and barbed wire entanglements.
"Tom Slade on a Transport" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
They threw their overcoats or blankets over the barbed wire and then climbed across the obstruction.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"

In poetry:

Piercing the blue of heaven, your barbs unblunted!
The skies would fall
But for you strength supporting.
"Three Short Poems" by Mao Zedong
Tho' round its fibres barb'rous fate
Has twin'd an icy spell;
Still in its central fires elate,
The purest passions dwell.
"To the Myrtle" by Mary Darby Robinson
"Away, away, my barb and I,"
As free as wave, as fleet as wind,
We sweep the sands of Araby,
And leave a world of slaves behind.
"The Arab's Address To His Horse" by Anonymous British
"Away, away, my barb and I."
As free as wave as fleet as wind,
We sweep the sands of Araby,
And leave a world of slaves behind!
"The Arab's Address To His Horse" by Anonymous British
The name Jecholiah means
The Lord is Mighty.
And yet their frowning God
gazed over the barbed wire
and did not move a finger —
"Lost Paradise" by Jaroslav Seifert
Upon Bottle Miche the autre day
While yet the nuit was early,
Je met a homme whose barbe was grey,
Whose cheveaux long and curly.
"New England Magazine" by Ellis Parker Butler

In news:

Barb 's holiday meal a big draw.
Who Made Barb 's List This Year.
The annual tradition known as Barb 's Family and Friends Thanksgiving continued Wednesday, attracting several hundred people in search of a hot meal, good company and a little music.
Barb Haveman, owner of Barb 's Deer Processing talks with customer Pete Christopoulos in Comstock Park on opening day Thursday, November 15, 2012.
Enlarge Cory Olsen Gordy DeVries of Belmont with his 8-point buck at Barb 's Deer Processing in Comstock Park on opening day Thursday, November 15, 2012.
The DWS crew chats with Champaign County Recorder Barb Frasca on election night.
Barb Muhs, pastor, Salem Church of Lincoln Lincoln, Iowa.
SoLace Studios Artist Barb Polin.
00 PM Update from Town Manager Barb Sondag.
A 3-year-old girl was hit with the barb from a Taser aimed at a parolee by a police officer in San Diego.
Barb and Rick Brook mark 50th anniversary.
Biden draws on Obama's "sketchy" Romney barb in Greeley.
150,000 on behalf of Barb Cook-Bill Bottino.
Roger LaLonde Staff Marco's Barb Cooper, known as Gramma Barb to the Lely football team, was recognized at halftime of the Lely-Immokalee football game on Friday night for her in rasing funds for the football program.
Barb Butler has dedicated her professional career to caring for others.

In science:

Our approach to this question is to invoke a result from Barbe and McCormick (2004) on asymptotic expansions for tail areas of compound sums.
Tail expansions for the distribution of the maximum of a random walk with negative drift and regularly varying increments
We now return to Step S3, convexifying a barbed polygon.
Locked and Unlocked Polygonal Chains in 3D
Convexifying Barbed Polygons Call a polygon barbed if removal of one ear △abc leaves a convex polygon P ′ . △abc is called the barb of P .
Locked and Unlocked Polygonal Chains in 3D
Lemma 5.5 A weakly simple barbed polygon may be convexified, with O(n) moves.
Locked and Unlocked Polygonal Chains in 3D
Note that at most four joints rotate at any one time, in the barb convexification step.
Locked and Unlocked Polygonal Chains in 3D