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bar

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noun, often attributive \ ˈbär \

Definition of bar

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)
  • windows with bars across them
  • a door secured by an iron bar
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 :something that obstructs or prevents passage, progress, or action: such as
a law :the destruction of an action (see action 5) or claim
  • a statute of limitations bar to the present action
; also :a plea or objection that effects such destruction
b :an intangible or nonphysical impediment
  • His poor attitude was a bar to his success.
c :a submerged or partly submerged bank (as of sand) along a shore or in a river often obstructing navigation
3 law
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
  • The younger judge brought a fresh viewpoint to the bar.
(3) :a particular system of courts
  • practices at the New York bar
(4) :an authority or tribunal that hands down judgment
  • will be judged at the bar of public opinion
b (1) :the barrier in the English Inns of Court that formerly separated the seats of the benchers or readers (see reader 2) 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
  • dreams of being admitted to the bar
(3) :the profession of barrister or lawyer
  • … heighten respect for members of the bar and judiciary …
  • —W. L. Hoyt
(4) US :the test that a person must pass in order to become eligible to work as a lawyer
  • passed the bar and went into private practice
  • the bar exam/examination
4 :a straight stripe, band, or line much longer than it is wide: such as
a heraldry :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 (see 1service 6b)
  • a second lieutenant's bar
5 a :a counter at which food or especially alcoholic beverages are served
  • We sat at the bar while we waited for a table.
b :a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks and sometimes food are served :barroom
  • They went to a bar for drinks.
c :shop 2b
  • a coffee bar
6 music
a :a vertical line across the musical staff before the initial measure accent (see 1accent 5)
b :measure
  • Sing the first two bars.
7 textiles :a lace and embroidery joining covered with buttonhole stitch for connecting various parts of the pattern in needlepoint lace and cutwork
8 :standard
  • wants to raise the bar for approving new drugs
9 :a strip along the edge of a computer window that contains commonly used options or icons
  • The horizontal navigation bar across the top and bottom enables users to move quickly from primary section to primary section within the site …
  • Editor and Publisher
behind bars
:in jail
  • putting criminals behind bars

Origin and Etymology of bar

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


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bar

verb

Definition of bar

barred; barring
transitive verb
1 a :to fasten with a long, narrow piece of wood, metal, or other material :to fasten with a bar (see 1bar 1a)
b :to place bars across to prevent ingress or egress
  • bar the door
2 :to mark with straight stripes, bands, or lines that are much longer than they are wide :to mark with bars (see 1bar 4) :stripe
  • a feather barred with blue
3 a :to confine or shut in by or as if by bars (see 1bar 1a)
  • barring prisoners in their cells
b :to set aside :to not take into consideration :rule out
  • did not bar the possibility of further measures
c :to keep out :exclude often used with from
  • Women were barred from joining the club.
4 a :to put forth legal objection to (something, such as a claim or action)
  • final judgment barred the subsequent claim
:to prevent (a party) from bringing a claim or action
  • Plaintiffs are barred from litigating such claims.
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

Origin and Etymology of bar

see 1bar


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bar

preposition

Definition of bar

: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

Origin and Etymology of bar

see 1bar


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bar

noun

Definition of bar

:a unit of pressure equal to 100,000 pascals

Origin and Etymology of bar

German, from Greek baros


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bar

abbreviation

Definition of bar

1 barometer; barometric
2 barrel

Bar

abbreviation

Definition of Bar

Baruch

BAr

abbreviation

Definition of BAr

bachelor of architecture

BAR

abbreviation

Definition of BAR

Browning automatic rifle

bar-

combining form
variants: or baro-

Definition of bar-

:weight :pressure
  • barometer

Origin and Etymology of bar-

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


BAR Defined for English Language Learners

bar

verb

Definition of bar for English Language Learners

  • : 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


bar

preposition

Definition of bar for English Language Learners

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

  • : except for


BAR Defined for Kids

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bar

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noun \ ˈbär \

Definition of bar for Students

1 :a usually slender rigid piece (as of wood or metal) that has a specific use (as for a lever or barrier)
2 :a rectangular solid piece or block of something
  • a bar of soap
candy bar
3 :a counter on which alcoholic drinks are served
4 :a place of business for the sale of alcoholic drinks
5 :a part of a place of business where a particular food or drink is served
  • a snack bar
6 :something that blocks the way Police set up bars across the road.
7 :a submerged or partly submerged bank along a shore or in a river
8 :a court of law
9 :the profession of law
10 :a straight stripe, band, or line longer than it is wide
11 :a vertical line across a musical staff marking equal measures of time
12 :1measure 6

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bar

verb

Definition of bar for Students

barred; barring
1 :to fasten with a bar
  • Bar the doors!
2 :to block off
  • Our path was barred by a chain.
3 :to shut out
  • barred from the meeting

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bar

preposition

Definition of bar for Students

:with the exception of
  • She is the best reader in the class, bar none.

Medical Dictionary

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bar

play
noun, often attributive \ ˈbär \

medical Definition of bar

1 a :a piece of metal that connects parts of a removable partial denture
b :the part of the wall of a horse's hoof that is bent inward toward the frog at the heel on each side and that extends toward the center of the sole
2 :a straight stripe, band, or line much longer than it is wide: as
a :a transverse ridge on the roof of a horse's mouth usually used in plural
b :the space in front of the molar teeth of a horse in which the bit is placed

2

bar

transitive verb

medical Definition of bar

barred; barring
:to cut free and ligate (a vein in a horse's leg) above and below the site of a projected operative procedure

3

bar

noun

medical Definition of bar

:a unit of pressure equal to 100,000 pascals or to one million dynes per square centimeter or to 0.9869 atmosphere

bar

abbreviation

medical Definition of bar

barometer; barometric

Law Dictionary

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bar

play
noun, often attributive \ ˈbär \

legal Definition of bar

1 a :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 a :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 :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 especially 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
:before the court
  • the case at bar
at the bar
: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

barred; barring
1 :to keep out :exclude
  • cannot bar the items from sale
2 :to prevent from doing or accomplishing (something)
  • plaintiff's conduct may bar her recovery
  • the contract bars his reinstatement
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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