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barrel

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noun bar·rel \ˈber-əl, ˈba-rəl\

Simple Definition of barrel

  • : a round usually wooden container with curved sides and flat ends

  • : the amount of something in a barrel

  • : the part of a gun that the bullets go through when the gun is fired

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of barrel

  1. 1 :  a round bulging vessel of greater length than breadth that is usually made of staves bound with hoops and has flat ends of equal diameter

  2. 2 a :  the amount contained in a barrel; especially :  the amount (as 31 gallons of fermented beverage or 42 gallons of petroleum) fixed for a certain commodity used as a unit of measure b :  a great quantity

  3. 3 :  a drum or cylindrical part: as a :  the discharging tube of a gun b :  the part of a fountain pen or of a pencil containing the ink or lead c :  a cylindrical or tapering housing containing the optical components of a photographic-lens system and the iris diaphragm d :  the fuel outlet from the carburetor on a gasoline engine

  4. 4 :  the trunk of a quadruped

barreled play \-əld\ adjective
on the barrel
  1. :  asking for or granting no credit

over a barrel
  1. :  at a disadvantage :  in an awkward position

Examples of barrel in a sentence

  1. Oak barrels are used for aging the wine.

  2. The price of oil is over 30 dollars a barrel.

  3. They drank a whole barrel of beer.

  4. the barrel of a gun



Origin of barrel

Middle English barel, from Anglo-French baril


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with barrel


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barrel

verb, bar·rel

Simple Definition of barrel

  • : to move very fast and often in an uncontrolled or dangerous way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of barrel

barreled or barrelledbarreling or barrelling

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to put or pack in a barrel

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to move at a high speed or without hesitation

Examples of barrel in a sentence

  1. The truck went barreling down Main Street.

  2. She came running out of her office and went barreling past us down the hall.



15th Century

First Known Use of barrel

15th century



BARREL Defined for Kids

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barrel

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noun bar·rel \ˈber-əl\

Definition of barrel for Students

  1. 1 :  a round container often with curved sides that is longer than it is wide and has flat ends

  2. 2 :  the amount contained in a full barrel <a barrel of water>

  3. 3 :  something shaped like a cylinder <the barrel of a gun>




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barrel

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verb bar·rel

Definition of barrel for Students

barreled or barrelledbarreling or barrelling

  1. :  to move at a high speed





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