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bark

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verb \ˈbärk\

Definition of bark

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to make the characteristic short loud cry of a dogb :  to make a noise resembling a bark

  3. 2 :  to speak in a curt loud and usually angry tone :  snap

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to utter in a curt loud usually angry tone an officer barking orders

  6. 2 :  to advertise by persistent outcry barking their wares

bark up the wrong tree

  1. :  to promote or follow a mistaken course (as in doing research)

Origin and Etymology of bark

Middle English berken, from Old English beorcan; akin to Old Norse berkja to bark, Lithuanian burgėti to growl


First Known Use: before 12th century


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bark

noun

Definition of bark

  1. 1a :  the sound made by a barking dogb :  a similar sound

  2. 2 :  a short sharp peremptory tone of speech or utterance

barkless

play \ˈbärk-ləs\ adjective

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of bark

before 12th century


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bark

noun

Definition of bark

  1. 1 :  the tough exterior covering of a woody root or stem; specifically :  the tissues outside the cambium that include an inner layer especially of secondary phloem and an outer layer of periderm

  2. 2 :  cinchona 2

  3. 3 :  a candy containing chocolate and nuts that is made in a sheet and broken into pieces

barkless

play \ˈbärk-ləs\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of bark

Middle English, from Old Norse bark-, bǫrkr; akin to Middle Dutch & Middle Low German borke bark


First Known Use: 13th century


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bark

verb

Definition of bark

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to treat with an infusion of tanbark

  3. 2a :  to strip the bark fromb :  to rub off or abrade the skin of barked a shin on the desk

14th Century

First Known Use of bark

14th century

Other Wood Production Terms


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bark

noun
variants: or

Definition of bark

  1. 1a :  a small sailing shipb :  a sailing ship of three or more masts with the aftmost mast fore-and-aft rigged and the others square-rigged

  2. 2 :  a craft propelled by sails or oars

Origin and Etymology of bark

Middle English, from Medieval French barque, from Old Occitan barca, from Late Latin


First Known Use: 15th century



BARK Defined for Kids

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bark

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verb \ˈbärk\

Definition of bark for Students

barked

;

barking

  1. 1 :  to make the short loud cry of a dog or like a dog's

  2. 2 :  to shout or speak sharply The captain barked orders at the soldiers.


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bark

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noun

Definition of bark for Students

  1. :  the sound made by a barking dog or a similar sound


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bark

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noun

Definition of bark for Students

  1. :  the outside covering of the trunk, branches, and roots of a tree


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bark

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noun \ˈbärk\
variants: or

barque

\ˈbärk\

Definition of bark for Students

  1. 1 :  a small sailing boat

  2. 2 :  a three-masted ship with foremast and mainmast square-rigged


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bark

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verb

Definition of bark for Students

barked

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barking

  1. :  to rub or scrape the skin off He barked his shins.


Medical Dictionary

bark

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noun \ˈbärk\

Medical Definition of bark

  1. 1:  the tough exterior covering of a woody root or stem

  2. 2:  cinchona 3



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