barrel

noun
bar·​rel | \ ˈber-əl How to pronounce barrel (audio) , ˈba-rəl\

Definition of barrel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a round bulging vessel of greater length than breadth that is usually made of staves bound with hoops and has flat ends of equal diameter
2a : the amount contained in a barrel especially : the amount (such as 31 gallons of fermented beverage or 42 gallons of petroleum) fixed for a certain commodity used as a unit of measure
b : a great quantity
3 : a drum or cylindrical part: such as
a : the discharging tube of a gun
b : the part of a fountain pen or of a pencil containing the ink or lead
c : a cylindrical or tapering housing containing the optical components of a photographic-lens system and the iris diaphragm
d : the fuel outlet from the carburetor on a gasoline engine
4 : the trunk of a quadruped
on the barrel
: asking for or granting no credit
over a barrel
: at a disadvantage : in an awkward position

barrel

verb
barreled or barrelled; barreling or barrelling

Definition of barrel (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to put or pack in a barrel

intransitive verb

: to move at a high speed or without hesitation

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Other Words from barrel

Noun

barreled \ ˈber-​əld How to pronounce barreled (audio) , ˈba-​rəld \ adjective

Examples of barrel in a Sentence

Noun

Oak barrels are used for aging the wine. The price of oil is over 30 dollars a barrel. They drank a whole barrel of beer. the barrel of a gun

Verb

The truck went barreling down Main Street. She came running out of her office and went barreling past us down the hall.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Brent, the global benchmark, fell 4.6% to $67.76 a barrel. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Oil Notches Biggest Plunge of 2019 as Demand Concerns Mount," 23 May 2019 Brent crude, the standard for international oil prices, sank 2.4 percent to $58.76 a barrel in London. Marley Jay, The Seattle Times, "Stocks surge as Powell hints at slower interest rate hikes," 28 Nov. 2018 The global benchmark was at $76.78 a barrel as of 11:57 a.m. in London on Friday, up about 60 percent in the past year. Fortune, "There Are Fears About an Oil Spike Above $150," 6 July 2018 Brent crude, used to price international oils, fell 3 percent to $76.44 a barrel in London. Washington Post, "Stocks dip as oil prices and energy companies fall sharply," 25 May 2018 Some traditional spirits are aged in their barrels for more than 20 years; these companies want the same results in far less time. Alan Goldfarb, The Verge, "Artificial whiskey is coming, and one company is betting you’ll drink up," 23 Aug. 2018 About half the structure holding the rest of the barrels was still standing, said Milt Spalding, a spokesman for the local emergency management agency. Bloomberg.com, "Kentucky Bourbon Warehouse Collapses, Spilling 9,000 Barrels of Whiskey," 22 June 2018 That's a big attraction at a time when drillers in the Permian have been forced to sell their barrels at steep discounts to account for a lack of shipping capacity. Alex Nussbaum, Houston Chronicle, "Aging oil play getting new life," 15 June 2018 The problem with glue sticks is that their barrels and caps are made of plastic. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Berkeley 3rd-graders sustain no-waste classroom; 180 days’ trash fits in mason jar," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Taylor family began barreling in March of 2015. Benjamin Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company set to release its first bourbon in 102 years," 11 June 2019 The Wright State right fielder is ready to barrel up some balls. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Greater Cincinnati product taken in third round of MLB Draft by Florida Marlins," 4 June 2019 The rest of the colony, still barreling along at 12 centimeters per second, comes trampling over its back. Quanta Magazine, "The Simple Algorithm That Ants Use to Build Bridges," 26 Feb. 2018 Residents walk along destroyed stalls at a public market due to strong winds as Typhoon Mangkhut barreled across Tuguegrao city in Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. Aaron Favila And Joeal Calupitan, Fox News, "Philippines checking typhoon's damage, casualties amid rains," 15 Sep. 2018 Max Muncy barreled up a ball in the sixth inning that many in the crowd of 49,541 thought was gone. Mike Digiovanna, latimes.com, "Dodgers fall 4-1 to Giants, fail to complete series sweep," 18 June 2018 In the third inning of Wednesday's game, a skirmish ensued after Kemp barreled over Chirinos trying to score from second base, sparking the benches to clear. Scott Boeck, USA TODAY, "MLB suspends Matt Kemp, Robinson Chirinos for on-field skirmish," 15 June 2018 The grim prediction follows one year after Hurricane Harvey barreled into the Texas coast, making landfall as a Category 4 storm. Andrea Zelinski, Houston Chronicle, "Trump claims Texans were on boats watching Harvey," 6 June 2018 On Sunday morning, Mangkhut was barreling toward densely populated southern China and Hong Kong, where authorities raised the highest storm warnings and moved nearly a half-million people to shelter from seven cities. Fox News, "Typhoon Mangkhut death toll climbs in Philippines," 15 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of barrel

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for barrel

Noun

Middle English barayl, barel, borrowed from Anglo-French barel, baril (continental Old French barril), going back to Gallo-Romance *barrīculus, probably diminutive of *barrīca "cask, barrel" — more at barricade entry 2

Verb

verbal derivative of barrel entry 1

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More Definitions for barrel

barrel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of barrel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a round usually wooden container with curved sides and flat ends
: the amount of something in a barrel
: the part of a gun that the bullets go through when the gun is fired

barrel

verb

English Language Learners Definition of barrel (Entry 2 of 2)

US, informal : to move very fast and often in an uncontrolled or dangerous way

barrel

noun
bar·​rel | \ ˈber-əl How to pronounce barrel (audio) \

Kids Definition of barrel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a round container often with curved sides that is longer than it is wide and has flat ends
2 : the amount contained in a full barrel a barrel of water
3 : something shaped like a cylinder the barrel of a gun

barrel

verb
barreled or barrelled; barreling or barrelling

Kids Definition of barrel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move at a high speed

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