barbed wire

\ 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 We were sent to the swamplands of Arkansas and held captive behind a barbed wire fence for four long years. Martine Paris, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 His body was wrapped in barbed wire, attached to a 75-pound gin fan and thrown in the Tallahatchie River. Deneen L. Brown, Washington Post, 8 Aug. 2021 He was lynched, tortured, mutilated, fastened with barbed wire to a 70-pound fan blade and tossed into the Tallahatchie River. Christopher Borrelli,, 14 Oct. 2021 One striking video showed a baby being passed over a wall topped with barbed wire at the airport. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 19 Aug. 2021 Still, one part of the course – which has 10 different muddy obstacles, including crawling under barbed wire – intimidated her. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 7 July 2021 One had a fleet of vehicles vandalized that were parked in a lot fenced with barbed wire. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Sep. 2021 Hamilton County owns the property, which is surrounded by a 6-foot fence topped with barbed wire. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Aug. 2021 Video images showed crowds gathered in the dark outside the walls topped with barbed wire. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 21 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of barbed wire

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of barbed wire was in 1874

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10 Nov 2021

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“Barbed wire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of barbed wire

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

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Kids Definition of barbed wire

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

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