barbed wire

noun
\ ˈbärb(d)-ˈwī(-ə)r How to pronounce barbed wire (audio) , ˈbäb(d)- \

Definition of barbed wire

: twisted wires armed with barbs or sharp points

called also barbwire

Examples of barbed wire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1867, barbed wire was patented by Lucien B. Smith of Kent, Ohio. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 25 June 2020 For hours into the night on Monday, Indian and Chinese forces fought with fists, rocks, batons and clubs wrapped in barbed wire at an altitude of more than 14,000 feet in a remote part of the Himalayan mountains. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "The Deadly India-China Clash: Spiked Clubs and Fists at 14,000 Feet," 17 June 2020 In near sub-zero temperatures in the thin air of 15,000 feet, Chinese and Indian soldiers attacked each other with stones, iron rods and bamboo poles wrapped in barbed wire laced with nails. Archana Chaudhary, Fortune, "Crude weapons, sub-zero temps: How violence erupted at the China-India border," 17 June 2020 Protesters marched from City Hall to the state Capitol, which was still blocked off by fencing and barbed wire after nights of protests. Alana Minkler, azcentral, "Protesters call for Confederate monument to be taken down at Capitol," 8 June 2020 Dave leaned against a barbed wire and chain link fence that separated the lot from the RV park. Washington Post, "The pandemic hit and this car became home for a family of four.," 6 June 2020 His body was wrapped in barbed wire attached to a 75-pound fan and then thrown in the Tallahatchie River. National Geographic, "‘It was a modern-day lynching’: Violent deaths reflect a brutal American legacy," 4 June 2020 Video from cell phones showed dozens of people in a crowded area, surrounded by high walls with barbed wire on top. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "'This is scary': Arrested protesters held outside overnight, complain about conditions," 1 June 2020 At the entrance of the park at Pope Lick Road and Taylorsville Road, two small warning signs hang on a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Parents of 15-year-old Louisville girl killed on Pope Lick trestle sue railroad company," 28 May 2020

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First Known Use of barbed wire

1874, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jun 2020

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“Barbed wire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barbed%20wire. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for barbed wire

barbed wire

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How to pronounce barbed wire (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of barbed wire

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

barbed wire

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Kids Definition of barbed wire

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

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