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 Nearby, tangled barbed wire, weather-worn and clinging tenuously to wood posts, surrounds a conglomerate of disintegrating foundations and rusty metal scraps. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, "Easy Scottsdale hike is a walk back into ranching history. Here's how to go exploring," 11 Nov. 2020 At the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a thicket of barbed wire now envelops a bridge where clashes had erupted between students and police. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "As Hong Kong Law Goes After ‘Black Sheep,’ Fear Clouds Universities," 7 Nov. 2020 Naval Infantry Battalion storming a beach lined with anti-tank obstacles and barbed wire. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a Giant Russian Crane Lower an Armored Vehicle Straight into the Water," 30 Sep. 2020 Soldiers blocked off the center of Minsk using water cannons, armored personnel carriers and barbed wire. Yuras Karmanau, Star Tribune, "Police detain over 400 during Sunday protests in Belarus," 21 Sep. 2020 Many viewed the event as an accomplishment of the same magnitude as the invention of barbed wire. oregonlive, "A novel of Montana, wolves and family, Joe Wilkins’ fiction debut is filled with humanity," 1 Mar. 2019 Most of New Mexico and the western half of Texas have had a barbed wire fence or short fences to block vehicles from driving through — that is, until now. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "This is what Trump's wall looks like four years after he was elected to build it," 2 Nov. 2020 On screen, the image of a tall fence guarded with barbed wire shifted to two adorable Latino children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with hands over their hearts. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Cornyn’s 18-year Senate record more nuanced, less warm and fuzzy, than his curated TV ads," 23 Oct. 2020 The sign outside has faded under a relentless Texas sun, but the barbed wire fences are in good shape, maintained by a skeleton crew. Washington Post, "Communities and companies made money off George Floyd’s imprisonment. Inside, Floyd withered.," 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of barbed wire

1874, in the meaning defined above

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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Barbed wire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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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