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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

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

bar·reled 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

  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



verb bar·rel

Simple Definition of barrel

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

Full Definition of barrel

barreled or barrelledbarrel·ing or barrel·ling

  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

  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

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February 6, 2016

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