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bar

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noun, often attributive \ˈbär\

Definition of bar

  1. 1 a :  a straight piece (as of wood or metal) that is longer than it is wide and has any of various uses (as for a lever, support, barrier, or fastening) b :  a solid piece or block of material that is longer than it is wide <a bar of gold> <a candy bar> c :  a usually rigid piece (as of wood or metal) longer than it is wide that is used as a handle or support; especially :  a handrail used by ballet dancers to maintain balance while exercising

  2. 2 :  something that obstructs or prevents passage, progress, or action: as a :  the destruction of an action or claim in law; also :  a plea or objection that effects such destruction b :  an intangible or nonphysical impediment c :  a submerged or partly submerged bank (as of sand) along a shore or in a river often obstructing navigation

  3. 3 a (1) :  the railing in a courtroom that encloses the place about the judge where prisoners are stationed or where the business of the court is transacted in civil cases (2) :  court, tribunal (3) :  a particular system of courts (4) :  an authority or tribunal that hands down judgment b (1) :  the barrier in the English Inns of Court that formerly separated the seats of the benchers or readers from the body of the hall occupied by the students (2) :  the whole body of barristers or lawyers qualified to practice in the courts of any jurisdiction (3) :  the profession of barrister or lawyer

  4. 4 :  a straight stripe, band, or line much longer than it is wide: as a :  one of two or more horizontal stripes on a heraldic shield b :  a metal or embroidered strip worn on a usually military uniform especially to indicate rank (as of a company officer) or service

  5. 5 a :  a counter at which food or especially alcoholic beverages are served b :  barroom c :  shop 2b

  6. 6 a :  a vertical line across the musical staff before the initial measure accent b :  measure

  7. 7 :  a lace and embroidery joining covered with buttonhole stitch for connecting various parts of the pattern in needlepoint lace and cutwork

  8. 8 :  standard <wants to raise the bar for approving new drugs>

behind bars
  1. :  in jail



Origin of bar

Middle English barre, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *barra


First Known Use: 12th century

Rhymes with bar


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bar

verb

Simple Definition of bar

  • : to put a bar or a set of bars in front of a door, window, etc., so that people cannot go in or out of it

  • : to put something in a road, path, etc., so that people cannot get by

  • : to prevent or forbid (someone) from doing something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bar

barredbarring

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to fasten with a bar b :  to place bars across to prevent ingress or egress <bar the door>

  3. 2 :  to mark with bars :  stripe

  4. 3 a :  to confine or shut in by or as if by bars b :  to set aside :  rule out <did not bar the possibility of further measures> c :  to keep out :  exclude <barring him from the club>

  5. 4 a :  to interpose legal objection to or to the claim of b :  prevent, forbid <a decision barring his participation>

Examples of bar in a sentence

  1. He barred the door as soon as he got in.

  2. All the windows and doors were barred.

  3. A herd of goats was barring the road.

  4. Nothing barred them from meeting together.

  5. The judge will bar the jurors from talking to reporters.

  6. A federal court has barred the group from using the name.

  7. The decision bars the possibility of additional development in the area.

  8. forms of punishment barred by the Constitution



13th Century

First Known Use of bar

13th century


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bar

preposition

Simple Definition of bar

  • —used in the phrase bar none to emphasize that a statement is completely true

  • : except for

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bar

  1. :  except <the country's most popular actor, bar none>

Examples of bar in a sentence

  1. They have lost every match, bar one.

  2. <everyone in the company is invited, bar none>



1714

First Known Use of bar

1714


4

bar

noun

Definition of bar

  1. :  a unit of pressure equal to 100,000 pascals



Origin of bar

German, from Greek baros


First Known Use: 1910


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bar

abbreviation

Definition of bar

  1. 1 barometer; barometric

  2. 2 barrel




Bar

abbreviation

Definition of Bar

  1. Baruch




BAr

abbreviation

Definition of BAr

  1. bachelor of architecture




BAR

abbreviation

Definition of BAR

  1. Browning automatic rifle




bar-

combining form

Definition of bar-

  1. :  weight :  pressure <barometer>



Variants of bar-

or baro-

Origin of bar-

Greek baros; akin to Greek barys heavy — more at grieve



BAR Defined for Kids

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bar

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noun \ˈbär\

Definition of bar for Students

  1. 1 :  a usually slender rigid piece (as of wood or metal) that has a specific use (as for a lever or barrier)

  2. 2 :  a rectangular solid piece or block of something <a bar of soap> <candy bar>

  3. 3 :  a counter on which alcoholic drinks are served

  4. 4 :  a place of business for the sale of alcoholic drinks

  5. 5 :  a part of a place of business where a particular food or drink is served <a snack bar>

  6. 6 :  something that blocks the way <Police set up bars across the road.>

  7. 7 :  a submerged or partly submerged bank along a shore or in a river

  8. 8 :  a court of law

  9. 9 :  the profession of law

  10. 10 :  a straight stripe, band, or line longer than it is wide

  11. 11 :  a vertical line across a musical staff marking equal measures of time

  12. 12 :  1measure 6




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bar

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verb

Definition of bar for Students

barredbarring

  1. 1 :  to fasten with a bar <Bar the doors!>

  2. 2 :  to block off <Our path was barred by a chain.>

  3. 3 :  to shut out <barred from the meeting>




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bar

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preposition

Definition of bar for Students

  1. :  with the exception of <She is the best reader in the class, bar none.>




Law Dictionary

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bar

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noun , often attrib \ˈbär\

Legal Definition of bar

  1. 1a :  the railing in a courtroom that encloses the area around the judge where prisoners are stationed in criminal cases or where the business of the court is transacted in civil cases — compare bench 1, dock, jury box, stand b :  court, tribunal <the younger judge brought a fresh viewpoint to the bar>

  2. 2a :  the whole body of lawyers; especially :  those qualified to practice in the courts of a particular jurisdiction <admitted to the Arizona bar> <the bankruptcy bar> — compare bench 3b b :  the profession or occupation of lawyer c :  bar examination <passed the bar>

  3. 3 :  something that prevents admission, progress, or action: as a :  an intangible impediment, obstacle, or barrier <consent of the victim is a bar to conviction> b :  the permanent preclusion of a claim or action esp. due to the loss of a previous suit based on the same cause of action and between the same parties <its earlier successful suit against the purchaser for the price was a bar to the present suit — Martino v. McDonald's System, Inc., 598 F.2d 1079 (1979)> — compare collateral estoppel at estoppel 2a, merger 4, res judicata 2

at bar
  1. :  before the court <the case at bar>

at the bar
  1. :  in the legal profession <pressures faced by women at the bar — R. E. Hauser>




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bar

transitive verb

Legal Definition of bar

barredbarring

  1. 1 :  to keep out :  exclude <cannot bar the items from sale>

  2. 2 :  to prevent from doing or accomplishing (something) <plaintiff's conduct may bar her recovery> <the contract bars his reinstatement>

  3. 3 :  preclude: as a :  to act as a bar to (as a claim or action) <final judgment barred the subsequent claim> b :  to prevent (a party) from bringing a claim or action <plaintiffs are barred by the judgment…from relitigating their claims — Roach v. Teamsters Local Union No. 688, 595 F.2d 446 (1979)> — see also estop — compare merge 2

barrable adjective




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