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

Castle and Key’s bourbon barrels are still aging and may not have their first batch until 2020. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "5 Things You Must Do In Kentucky," 3 May 2019 The dinner-only restaurant, the sibling to Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars, has 288 seats and hundreds of labels in its wine collection and barrel-aged cocktail classics. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "New dining options at Atlantic City's casinos include Garces and Hard Rock," 27 June 2018 But gas prices tend to lag behind the oil markets for a few days and prices have been dropping even while the cost for a barrel of crude oil shot up about 5 percent last week to settle at $68.58 last week. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando gas prices expected to rise again with oil volatility," 25 June 2018 Laced with mellow barrel-aged caçhaca, yogurt liqueur and a mango syrup scented with makrut lime leaf and galangal, the drink is aromatic and weightlessly creamy. Maggie Hoffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Can the new Beehive bar rekindle the old cocktail magic of Range?," 22 May 2018 Aircraft this week fired missiles and dropped barrel bombs in the northwest province of Idlib, according to rebels and monitoring groups. Nazih Osseiran, WSJ, "Syrian, Russian Strikes Renew Fears of Offensive to Recapture Rebel Stronghold," 3 May 2019 That means leaning into any trend, like rye barrel aging and wild yeast fermentation, that strikes the brewers’ fancy. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "New Belgium Builds a Brewery in a Denver Hotel," 12 Apr. 2019 Rafter Room will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with an elevated tequila and rum program and barrel-aged liquors. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "New in Tempe: Rafter Room lounge opens on second floor of Social Hall," 22 June 2018 The beautiful inscriptions and image of the very tree that was used to make that barrel caught Michael's [St. Supéry winemaker] and my attention when visiting Bordeaux. Karen Lubeck, Town & Country, "The 2017 Vintage Makes Its Star Debut at the Premiere Napa Valley Wine Auction," 4 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 But Holter’s train still is barreling down the track called mortality. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "'The Light Fantastic' is Ike Holter's 'Stranger Things' kind of thriller," 16 May 2018 Preparations for a high-risk North Korea summit are barreling forward. Time, "John Bolton Takes the Lead as National Security Adviser as Tensions Mount Abroad," 10 Apr. 2018 In the third inning of Wednesday’s game, Kemp barreled over Chirinos at home while trying to score. Bill Shaikin, latimes.com, "Dodgers' Matt Kemp shocked by one-game suspension," 16 June 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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