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barrel

noun bar·rel \ ˈber-əl , ˈba-rəl \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of barrel

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
2 a : 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

barreled

play \-əld\ adjective
on the barrel
: asking for or granting no credit
over a barrel
: at a disadvantage : in an awkward position

Examples of barrel in a Sentence

  1. Oak barrels are used for aging the wine.

  2. The price of oil is over 30 dollars a barrel.

  3. They drank a whole barrel of beer.

  4. the barrel of a gun

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Origin and Etymology of barrel

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 2barricade

barrel Synonyms

Synonyms
abundance, lot, basketful, boatload, bucket, bunch, bundle, bushel, carload, chunk, deal, dozen, fistful, gobs, good deal, heap, hundred, lashings (also lashins) [chiefly British], loads, mass, mess, mountain, much, multiplicity, myriad, oodles, pack, passel, peck, pile, plateful, plenitude, plentitude, plenty, pot, potful, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, sheaf, shipload, sight, slew, spate, stack, store, ton, truckload, volume, wad, wealth, yard
Antonyms
ace, bit, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, handful, hint, lick, little, mite, mouthful, nip, ounce, peanuts, pinch, pittance, scruple, shade, shadow, smidgen (also smidgeon or smidgin or smidge), speck, spot, sprinkle, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, taste, touch, trace
Related Words
epidemic, plague, rash; bonanza, embarrassment, excess, overabundance, overage, overkill, overmuch, oversupply, plethora, redundancy, superabundance, superfluity, surfeit, surplus; deluge, flood, overflow; army, bevy, cram, crowd, crush, drove, flock, herd, horde, host, legion, mob, multitude, press, score, sea, swarm, throng; gazillion, jillion, kazillion, million, thousands, trillion, zillion
Near Antonyms
atom, crumb, dot, fleck, flyspeck, fragment, grain, granule, iota, jot, modicum, molecule, mote, nubbin, particle, ray, scintilla, scrap, shred, tittle, whit; smatter, smattering; dash, drop, morsel, shot; piece, portion, section; absence, dearth, famine, lack, paucity, poverty, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, undersupply, want; deficiency, deficit, inadequacy, insufficiency, meagerness, scantiness, scantness, skimpiness

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barrel

verb

Definition of barrel

barreled or barrelled; barreling or barrelling
transitive verb
: to put or pack in a barrel
intransitive verb
: to move at a high speed or without hesitation

Examples of barrel in a Sentence

  1. The truck went barreling down Main Street.

  2. She came running out of her office and went barreling past us down the hall.

Recent Examples of barrel from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of barrel

verbal derivative of 1barrel



BARREL Defined for English Language Learners

barrel

noun

Definition of barrel for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of barrel for English Language Learners

  • : to move very fast and often in an uncontrolled or dangerous way


BARREL Defined for Kids

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barrel

noun bar·rel \ ˈber-əl \

Definition of barrel for Students

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

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barrel

verb

Definition of barrel for Students

barreled or barrelled; barreling or barrelling
: to move at a high speed


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