• WordNet 3.6
    • adj barbed having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc. "a horse with a short bristly mane","bristly shrubs","burred fruits","setaceous whiskers"
    • adj barbed capable of wounding "a barbed compliment","a biting aphorism","pungent satire"
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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.
    • a Barbed bärbd or bärb"ĕd Accoutered with defensive armor; -- said of a horse. See Bardedwhich is the proper form
    • a Barbed Furnished with a barb or barbs; as, a barbed arrow; barbed wire.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • barbed Shaved; trimmed; having the beard dressed.
    • barbed Furnished with barbs, as an arrow, the point of a fish-hook, and the like: as, “arrows barbed with fire,”
    • barbed “a barbed proboscis,”
    • barbed In heraldry: Having barbs: said of the rose used as a bearing. The barbs are commonly colored green, and the blazon is a rose gules barbed proper.
    • barbed Having gills or wattles, as a cock: as, a cock sable, barbed or (that is, a black cock having golden gills). Also called wattled.
    • barbed Having the ends made with barbs like those of an arrow-head: said especially of a cross of this form. Also called bearded.
    • barbed Same as barded.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Barbed furnished with a barb: of a horse, armed or caparisoned with a barb or bard
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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
See 4th Barb
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. barba, a beard.


In literature:

Out over the canal stretched footbridges, and these were thickly sown with barbed wire.
"Golden Lads" by Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
Barbed wire had a new and terrible significance for me from the first day which we spent in the trenches.
"Kitchener's Mob" by James Norman Hall
Next year he was appointed regent, or professor, in the college of Sainte-Barbe, and taught there for upwards of three years.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
A barb caught in his mane.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Only one really should have solid tires, because barbed wire fences might be awkward.
"More Tish" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
It was on the Neuve Eglise side of the camp, and beyond us was some barbed wire.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
Following the barrage a large number of Huns broke through the barbed wire and jumped into the trenches.
"Winning a Cause" by John Gilbert Thompson and Inez Bigwood
Barbe also went on in advance.
"The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War 1914-1918" by F.L. Morrison
Those with which he hunts the deer are provided with cruelly barbed, detachable iron point.
"Negritos of Zambales" by William Allan Reed
I happen to have known the man who invented barbed wire and who had his abundant reward.
"Ranching, Sport and Travel" by Thomas Carson

In poetry:

An old chateau sleeps 'mid the hills
Of France: an avenue of sorbs
Conceals it: drifts of daffodils
Bloom by a 'scutcheoned gate with barbs
Like iron bills.
"Overseas" by Madison Julius Cawein
Your beauty puts a barb into my soul,
Strive as I will it never lets me go.
My love has passed the frontiers of control,
You are so fair and I desire you so.
"To Aziz: Song Of Mahomed Akram" by Laurence Hope
"'Twas guilt the barb'rous mandate to obey,
Which bade no parting sigh my bosom move!
Victim of duty's unrelenting sway,
I seem'd a traitor, while a slave to love!
"Euphelia" by Helen Maria Williams
Under Thee only they harvest—even but a wisp of hay, under thy great
face, only;
Harvest the wheat of Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin—every barbed spear,
under thee;
"A Carol Of Harvest For 1867" by Walt Whitman
Mayday: two came to field in such wise :
`A daisied mead', each said to each,
So were they one; so sought they couch,
Across barbed stile, through flocked brown cows.
"Bucolics" by Sylvia Plath
"Sit fast — dost fear? — The moon shines clear — Fleet goes my barb — keep hold!
Fear'st thou?" — "O no!" she faintly said;
"But why so stern and cold?
"William and Helen" by Sir Walter Scott

In news:

Rich Koskey and Barb Murk, 70.
Barbed wire sits atop a chain-linked fence that surrounds a red-brick building.
A grotesque video purportedly showing four wise-cracking Marines urinating on the bodies of slain Taliban terrorists produced an international wave of outrage — including barbs from former POW John McCain.
The fence, Bryant said, was recently barbed and extended, to beyond the waterline , cutting off residents from the lake.
Romney & Obama Trade Funny Barbs At White Tie Fundraiser In NYC Thursday Night.
Soldiers have taken up positions in downtown Rangoon and barbed wire has been stretched across some streets in anticipation of more anti-Government demonstrations in the Burmese capital on Monday, diplomats said today.
Theresa Rebeck's barbed comedy The Scene, which opens HotCity Theatre Company's season, takes some broad swings at the ostensibly jaded, surreal, vituperative world of media celebrity.
Mike Gatto, Greg Krikorian trade barbs and campaign points.
Barbara A Hall, 72, of 372 Larue Road, Massena, passed away on Sunday morning, July 11, 2010 at Fletcher-Allen Health Center, Burlington, VT. Barb was born October 9, 1937 in Massena, the daughter of Clyde W and Esther P Davis Giles.
Wind uplift testing was completed at FM to gain approval for 10'-wide Sure-Flex PVC and Sure-Flex KEE membranes fastened with the Oval Barbed Plate and the HP-X Fastener™ spaced 6 oc.
But Barb Joyce, an advocate for the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center, was there to stand next to her -- each time she faced her ex-husband in court.
Deep in the rainforests of Panama, in a secret location behind padlocked gates, barbed-wire fences and over a rickety wooden bridge, grows what could be the most debated food product of our time.
Auria Jackson of Lawrence is pictured while on vacation with her grandmother Barb Simons, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, at Lost Island Water Park in Waterloo, Iowa.
Barb Mathson, Dr Thomas Carmody and Staff, Staff of Medical Telemitry/intermediate Care of Mayo Health Systems.
I would like a Sunshine Award for Barb Mathson.

In science:

Next vi+1 is lifted to Πε , the arch A is rotated down to lie in Πε as well, and the resulting “barbed polygon” is convexified within Πε .
Locked and Unlocked Polygonal Chains in 3D
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
A weakly simple polygon (Section 5.6, Figure 13) is barbed if, for three consecutive vertices a, b, c, deletion of b (i.e., removal of the possibly degenerate △abc) leaves a simple convex polygon P ′ .
Locked and Unlocked Polygonal Chains in 3D
Note this definition only permits weak simplicity at the barb △abc.
Locked and Unlocked Polygonal Chains in 3D