barbed wire

noun \ ˈbärb(d)-ˈwī(-ə)r , ˈbäb(d)- \
|Updated on: 21 Jul 2018

Definition of barbed wire

: twisted wires armed with barbs or sharp points called also barbwire

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First Known Use of barbed wire

1874

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Definition of barbed wire for English Language Learners

  • : wire that has sharp points and that is often used for fences


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Definition of barbed wire for Students

: wire that has sharp points and is often used for fences

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