• WordNet 3.6
    • n barbel slender tactile process on the jaws of a fish
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The whiskers on a catfish are called barbells.
    • Barbel (Zoöl) A large fresh-water fish (Barbus vulgaris) found in many European rivers. Its upper jaw is furnished with four barbels.
    • Barbel (Zoöl) A slender tactile organ on the lips of certain fishes.
    • Barbel Barbs or paps under the tongues of horses and cattle. See 1st Barb, 3.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n barbel The common English name of the fish Barbus vulgaris, also extended to other species of the genus Barbus.
    • n barbel A small cylindrical vermiform process appended to the mouth of certain fishes, serving as an organ of touch.
    • n barbel A knot of superfluous flesh growing in the channel of a horse's mouth. Also barble and barb.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Barbel bärb′el a fresh-water fish with beard-like appendages at its mouth.
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    Marisa Tomei
    “It feels like a barbell. [When asked what she thought of her newly acquired Oscar statuette]”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. barbel, F. barbeau, dim. of L. barbus, barbel, fr. barba, beard. See 1st Barb
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. barbel—Low L. barbellus—L. barba, a beard.


In literature:

A pretty Barbel, with spotted skin, and an enviably round back, declared that the "human fry" were still there.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Besides that string of four-ounce dace, we have every now and then a sample of barbel and trout.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 361, November, 1845." by Various
A grey partridge was bathing in the hot dry sand between the reed-beds and the bank, and in the deeper pools the barbel were rising at the flies.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
A barbell struck on the floor.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
A singular occupation this, however, which forces you to struggle craftily with a barbel.
"A Winter Amid the Ice" by Jules Verne
Rekerlek that old buffer at Richmond, and 'ow we shoved foul of his swim, And lost him a middlin'-sized barbel and set his straw tile on the skim?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93. July 30, 1887" by Various
Its head is large and broad, its mouth wide, furnished with six barbels, of which those of the upper jaw are very long.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
The roe of the European barbel is said to cause frequent poisoning, not usually of a serious sort.
"Food Poisoning" by Edwin Oakes Jordan
The few fish include the barbel.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4" by Various
The Barbel are strong fish, and require strong tackle to catch them, a No.
"Blacker's Art of Fly Making, &c." by William Blacker

In poetry:

"Go there, I say; stand at the water's brink,
And shoals of spotted barbel you shall see
Basking between the shadows—look, and think
'This beauty is for me;
"Honours -- Part I" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Barbel Pfund-Festerling, 70, of Lehigh Acres, died Tuesday, Oct 2, 2012.
A barbell may seem like something reserved for grunting meatheads, but it's a great training tool for women and an efficient way to create the lean, sculpted body you want.
Williamsburg resident Ed Roth says his apartment vibrates whenever weightlifters at the Brooklyn Barbell Club drop their barbells .
Defending weightlifting gold medalist Matthias Steiner walked away from a terrifying incident Tuesday when he dropped a barbell weighing 432 pounds on his neck during the Olympic 105+ kg competition.
When a nervous customer comes in for a piercing, Getman gets out a giant piercing needle and mammoth piece of barbell jewelry.
The term "weight training" might suggest a roomful of hard bodies in a gym working on building their six packs and puffing as they lift huge barbells.
If you've researched the exercise weights market recently, you know that barbells are far from cheap, even on Craigslist and at garage sales.
An independent study commissioned by the American Council on Exercise has found that barbell bench press, the pec deck machine and bent-forward cable crossovers are the most effective exercises for targeting the major muscles of the chest .
An independent study commissioned by the American Council on Exercise has found that barbell bench press, the pec deck machine and bent-forward cable crossovers are the most effective exercises for targeting the major muscles of the chest.
Some people replace all of the machine exercises with barbell and dumbbell exercises , but most simply substitute a few free-weight alternatives.
Fitness fanatic crushed to death by barbell.
Think sun, sweat, and a simpler approach to a fit body—no barbells, machines, or sanitizing wipes.
RIP is a 60-minute barbell program for able-bodied men and women of all ages and all fitness levels.
Although the Canadian study used the seated cable row , we suggest that you use the barbell or dumbbell row at the beginning of your workouts when you are strongest and include other versions of rows later in the workout.
Try the single barbell and dumbbell Improv Workout for a hard-hitting, full body session.

In science:

Consider a “barbell” consisting of two cliques of size n joined by a simple path (see Figure 1 in Section 7).
Many Random Walks Are Faster Than One
In this graph, the bells on each end of the barbell act as a sink from which it is difficult for a single walk to escape, but if a logarithmic number of random walks start at the center of the barbell, each bell is likely to attract at least one random walk, which will cover that part of the graph.
Many Random Walks Are Faster Than One
For an odd integer n > 1, we define a barbell graph Bn to be a graph consisting of two cliques of size (n − 1)/2 connected by a path of length 2 (see Figure 1).
Many Random Walks Are Faster Than One
Is it possible that the speed-up is always at most k? Our single counter example was that multiple random walks starting at the center of the barbell achieved an exponential speed-up, but perhaps the speed-up is limited to k if we start at other nodes.
Many Random Walks Are Faster Than One
There are three possible shapes that Γ′ can have: Figure-Eight, Barbell or Theta (see Figure 6).
Words Maps and Spectra of Random Graph Lifts