barb·​wire ˈbärb-ˈwī(-ə)r How to pronounce barbwire (audio)

Examples of barbwire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web See that strand of barbwire the beaver has to step over? Kris Millgate, Field & Stream, 4 Oct. 2023 But that involves the labor-intensive process of lugging bales of barbwire into remote areas. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Oct. 2021 Jumping over walls, crawling under barbwire, climbing up ropes. Jon Blau, Indianapolis Star, 8 June 2020 So while the water belongs to the people, the riverbed does not, and ranchers can, and frequently do, run barbwire across the water. Carson Vaughan, Outside Online, 27 Jan. 2020 Out in the pasture, past the barbwire fence that surrounds his Jackson County ranch house, Birdseye saw about 75 of his cows, tightly bunched in a defensive triangular formation, nervously staring at something behind him. Kale Williams,, 10 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of barbwire was in 1874

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“Barbwire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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barb·​wire (ˈ)bä(r)b-ˈwī(ə)r How to pronounce barbwire (audio)
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