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 had spiked nearly 20 percent to $72 per barrel in the wake of the attacks. Taylor Telford, Anchorage Daily News, "Oil prices plunge on report Saudi production will be restored sooner than expected," 17 Sep. 2019 Global oil prices closed at $60.22 per barrel, according to the global benchmark Brent. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Will the drone strikes in Saudi Arabia impact gas prices? Experts say yes.," 15 Sep. 2019 On Monday oil prices jumped 1.68 percent to $55.08 per a barrel on positive news about China-U.S. trade talks. Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle, "Trade tensions send gas prices down again," 26 Aug. 2019 Since the beginning of 2019 the Urals discount to Brent in Northwest Europe has regularly turned into a premium of as much as $0.86 per barrel, the data show. Fortune, "Trump’s Oil Sanctions Leave Russian Exporters $1 Billion Richer," 16 Aug. 2019 The Padres stopped swinging as freely and started putting some barrels on Buehler’s offerings. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres whiff against Walker Buehler, fall to Dodgers," 3 Aug. 2019 West Texas Intermediate for September delivery fell $4.63 to settle at $53.95 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the largest decline since February 2015. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Oil drops nearly 8% after President Trump says he'll impose new China tariffs," 1 Aug. 2019 Iran helped fill the gap for several years, supplying about 50,000 barrels a day on easy terms, equivalent to more than one-third of Syria’s current consumption. The Economist, "Oil shortages in Syria are starting to hurt," 11 July 2019 Brent crude, the global benchmark, rallied 2.9% to $66.64 a barrel on Monday. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Post-G20 surge; OPEC meeting; Swiss stock ban," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Rodriguez, by comparison, hasn’t been giving hitters much of anything to barrel up this year. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles’ Rutschman, Rodriguez connect at Delmarva: ‘You’re looking at, potentially, the future of the organization’," 25 Aug. 2019 Dozens of residents from a Southwest Alaska village safely evacuated to other communities Monday as a wildfire threatened to barrel into the village, officials said. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Residents evacuate as wildfire approaches village in Southwest Alaska," 20 Aug. 2019 Having achieved moderate success in recent years, the Pearland Oiler volleyball team would certainly like to barrel into the playoffs in 2019 instead of softly entering the postseason parade. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Volleyball: Pearland should contend for District 23-6A title," 28 June 2019 Even though the skies outside promised a bright morning, the meteorologists calculated that a parade of storms was poised to barrel across the Atlantic, hampering the prospects of success. Hannah Fry, The New Yorker, "Why Weather Forecasting Keeps Getting Better," 24 June 2019 At the time of the interview on Thursday, Sept. 5th, Hurricane Dorian was barreling down the coast of the Carolinas. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "The Insurance CEO Who Gives Customers His Cellphone Number," 13 Sep. 2019 On the next play, Jacobs barreled 4 yards into the end zone for his second touchdown to give the Raiders a two-touchdown lead. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders, Derek Carr pass test against Broncos with flying colors," 9 Sep. 2019 With number-one seed Novak Djokovic retiring from his fourth-round match Monday, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are barreling toward a showdown in the 2019 U.S. Open final. oregonlive, "Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal on track for long-awaited U.S. Open showdown, but who would be the favorite?," 3 Sep. 2019 That loud echo reverberating throughout the Gaslamp District the past two nights has been the sound produced from Giants hitters barreling up baseballs by the dozen. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants’ symphony of barrels hits all the right notes, Longoria leads the charge," 2 July 2019

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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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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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