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bark

play
verb \ˈbärk\

Definition of bark

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to make the characteristic short loud cry of a dog b :  to make a noise resembling a bark

  3. 2 :  to speak in a curt loud and usually angry tone :  snap

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to utter in a curt loud usually angry tone <an officer barking orders>

  6. 2 :  to advertise by persistent outcry <barking their wares>

bark up the wrong tree
  1. :  to promote or follow a mistaken course (as in doing research)



Origin of bark

Middle English berken, from Old English beorcan; akin to Old Norse berkja to bark, Lithuanian burgėti to growl


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with bark


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bark

noun

Definition of bark

  1. 1 a :  the sound made by a barking dog b :  a similar sound

  2. 2 :  a short sharp peremptory tone of speech or utterance

barkless play \ˈbärk-ləs\ adjective


Before 12th Century

First Known Use of bark

before 12th century


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bark

noun

Definition of bark

  1. 1 :  the tough exterior covering of a woody root or stem; specifically :  the tissues outside the cambium that include an inner layer especially of secondary phloem and an outer layer of periderm

  2. 2 :  cinchona 2

  3. 3 :  a candy containing chocolate and nuts that is made in a sheet and broken into pieces

barkless play \ˈbärk-ləs\ adjective


Origin of bark

Middle English, from Old Norse bark-, bǫrkr; akin to Middle Dutch & Middle Low German borke bark


First Known Use: 14th century


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bark

verb

Definition of bark

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to treat with an infusion of tanbark

  3. 2 a :  to strip the bark from b :  to rub off or abrade the skin of <barked a shin on the desk>



14th Century

First Known Use of bark

14th century

Other Wood Production Terms


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bark

noun

Definition of bark

  1. 1 a :  a small sailing ship b :  a sailing ship of three or more masts with the aftmost mast fore-and-aft rigged and the others square-rigged

  2. 2 :  a craft propelled by sails or oars



Variants of bark

or barque

Origin of bark

Middle English, from Middle French barque, from Old Occitan barca, from Late Latin


First Known Use: 15th century



BARK Defined for Kids

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bark

play
verb \ˈbärk\

Definition of bark for Students

barkedbarking

  1. 1 :  to make the short loud cry of a dog or like a dog's

  2. 2 :  to shout or speak sharply <The captain barked orders at the soldiers.>




2

bark

play
noun

Definition of bark for Students

  1. :  the sound made by a barking dog or a similar sound




3

bark

play
noun

Definition of bark for Students

  1. :  the outside covering of the trunk, branches, and roots of a tree




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bark

play
noun \ˈbärk\

Definition of bark for Students

  1. 1 :  a small sailing boat

  2. 2 :  a three-masted ship with foremast and mainmast square-rigged



Variants of bark

or barque \ˈbärk\

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bark

play
verb

Definition of bark for Students

barkedbarking

  1. :  to rub or scrape the skin off <He barked his shins.>




Medical Dictionary

bark

play
noun \ˈbärk\

Medical Definition of bark

  1. 1:  the tough exterior covering of a woody root or stem

  2. 2:  cinchona 3





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