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NOUN (15)

1. a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter;
- Example: "he drowned his sorrows in whiskey at the bar"
[syn: barroom, bar, saloon, ginmill, taproom]

2. a counter where you can obtain food or drink;
- Example: "he bought a hot dog and a coke at the bar"

3. a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon;
- Example: "there were bars in the windows to prevent escape"

4. musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats;
- Example: "the orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song"
[syn: measure, bar]

5. an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal;
- Example: "it was an excellent kick but the ball hit the bar"

6. the act of preventing;
- Example: "there was no bar against leaving"
- Example: "money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of influenza"
[syn: prevention, bar]

7. (meteorology) a unit of pressure equal to a million dynes per square centimeter;
- Example: "unfortunately some writers have used bar for one dyne per square centimeter"

8. a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore;
- Example: "the boat ran aground on a submerged bar in the river"

9. the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction;
- Example: "he was admitted to the bar in New Jersey"
[syn: legal profession, bar, legal community]

10. a narrow marking of a different color or texture from the background;
- Example: "a green toad with small black stripes or bars"
- Example: "may the Stars and Stripes forever wave"
[syn: stripe, streak, bar]

11. a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax);
- Example: "a bar of chocolate"
[syn: cake, bar]

12. a portable .30 caliber automatic rifle operated by gas pressure and fed by cartridges from a magazine; used by United States troops in World War I and in World War II and in the Korean War;
[syn: Browning automatic rifle, BAR]

13. a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises;

14. a heating element in an electric fire;
- Example: "an electric fire with three bars"

15. (law) a railing that encloses the part of the courtroom where the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried;
- Example: "spectators were not allowed past the bar"


VERB (4)

1. prevent from entering; keep out;
- Example: "He was barred from membership in the club"
[syn: bar, debar, exclude]

2. render unsuitable for passage;
- Example: "block the way"
- Example: "barricade the streets"
- Example: "stop the busy road"
[syn: barricade, block, blockade, stop, block off, block up, bar]

3. expel, as if by official decree;
- Example: "he was banished from his own country"
[syn: banish, relegate, bar]

4. secure with, or as if with, bars;
- Example: "He barred the door"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bar \Bar\ (b[aum]r), n. [OE. barre, F. barre, fr. LL. barra, W. bar the branch of a tree, bar, baren branch, Gael. & Ir. barra bar. [root]91.] 1. A piece of wood, metal, or other material, long in proportion to its breadth or thickness, used as a lever and for various other purposes, but especially for a hindrance, obstruction, or fastening; as, the bars of a fence or gate; the bar of a door. [1913 Webster] Thou shalt make bars of shittim wood. --Ex. xxvi. 26. [1913 Webster] 2. An indefinite quantity of some substance, so shaped as to be long in proportion to its breadth and thickness; as, a bar of gold or of lead; a bar of soap. [1913 Webster] 3. Anything which obstructs, hinders, or prevents; an obstruction; a barrier. [1913 Webster] Must I new bars to my own joy create? --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 4. A bank of sand, gravel, or other matter, esp. at the mouth of a river or harbor, obstructing navigation. [1913 Webster] 5. Any railing that divides a room, or office, or hall of assembly, in order to reserve a space for those having special privileges; as, the bar of the House of Commons. [1913 Webster] 6. (Law) (a) The railing that incloses the place which counsel occupy in courts of justice. Hence, the phrase at the bar of the court signifies in open court. (b) The place in court where prisoners are stationed for arraignment, trial, or sentence. (c) The whole body of lawyers licensed in a court or district; the legal profession. (d) A special plea constituting a sufficient answer to plaintiff's action. [1913 Webster] 7. Any tribunal; as, the bar of public opinion; the bar of God. [1913 Webster] 8. A barrier or counter, over which liquors and food are passed to customers; hence, the portion of the room behind the counter where liquors for sale are kept. [1913 Webster] 9. (Her.) An ordinary, like a fess but narrower, occupying only one fifth part of the field. [1913 Webster] 10. A broad shaft, or band, or stripe; as, a bar of light; a bar of color. [1913 Webster] 11. (Mus.) A vertical line across the staff. Bars divide the staff into spaces which represent measures, and are themselves called measures. [1913 Webster] Note: A double bar marks the end of a strain or main division of a movement, or of a whole piece of music; in psalmody, it marks the end of a line of poetry. The term bar is very often loosely used for measure, i.e., for such length of music, or of silence, as is included between one bar and the next; as, a passage of eight bars; two bars' rest. [1913 Webster] 12. (Far.) pl. (a) The space between the tusks and grinders in the upper jaw of a horse, in which the bit is placed. (b) The part of the crust of a horse's hoof which is bent inwards towards the frog at the heel on each side, and extends into the center of the sole. [1913 Webster] 13. (Mining) (a) A drilling or tamping rod. (b) A vein or dike crossing a lode. [1913 Webster] 14. (Arch.) (a) A gatehouse of a castle or fortified town. (b) A slender strip of wood which divides and supports the glass of a window; a sash bar. [1913 Webster] Bar shoe (Far.), a kind of horseshoe having a bar across the usual opening at the heel, to protect a tender frog from injury. Bar shot, a double headed shot, consisting of a bar, with a ball or half ball at each end; -- formerly used for destroying the masts or rigging in naval combat. Bar sinister (Her.), a term popularly but erroneously used for baton, a mark of illegitimacy. See Baton. Bar tracery (Arch.), ornamental stonework resembling bars of iron twisted into the forms required. Blank bar (Law). See Blank. Case at bar (Law), a case presently before the court; a case under argument. In bar of, as a sufficient reason against; to prevent. Matter in bar, or Defence in bar, any matter which is a final defense in an action. Plea in bar, a plea which goes to bar or defeat the plaintiff's action absolutely and entirely. Trial at bar (Eng. Law), a trial before all the judges of one the superior courts of Westminster, or before a quorum representing the full court. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bar \Bar\ (b[aum]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Barred (b[aum]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Barring.] [ F. barrer. See Bar, n.] 1. To fasten with a bar; as, to bar a door or gate. [1913 Webster] 2. To restrict or confine, as if by a bar; to hinder; to obstruct; to prevent; to prohibit; as, to bar the entrance of evil; distance bars our intercourse; the statute bars my right; the right is barred by time; a release bars the plaintiff's recovery; -- sometimes with up. [1913 Webster] He barely looked the idea in the face, and hastened to bar it in its dungeon. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster] 3. To except; to exclude by exception. [1913 Webster] Nay, but I bar to-night: you shall not gauge me By what we do to-night. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To cross with one or more stripes or lines. [1913 Webster] For the sake of distinguishing the feet more clearly, I have barred them singly. --Burney. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

bar n 1: a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter; "he drowned his sorrows in whiskey at the bar" [syn: barroom, bar, saloon, ginmill, taproom] 2: a counter where you can obtain food or drink; "he bought a hot dog and a coke at the bar" 3: a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon; "there were bars in the windows to prevent escape" 4: musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats; "the orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song" [syn: measure, bar] 5: an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal; "it was an excellent kick but the ball hit the bar" 6: the act of preventing; "there was no bar against leaving"; "money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of influenza" [syn: prevention, bar] 7: (meteorology) a unit of pressure equal to a million dynes per square centimeter; "unfortunately some writers have used bar for one dyne per square centimeter" 8: a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore; "the boat ran aground on a submerged bar in the river" 9: the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction; "he was admitted to the bar in New Jersey" [syn: legal profession, bar, legal community] 10: a narrow marking of a different color or texture from the background; "a green toad with small black stripes or bars"; "may the Stars and Stripes forever wave" [syn: stripe, streak, bar] 11: a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax); "a bar of chocolate" [syn: cake, bar] 12: a portable .30 caliber automatic rifle operated by gas pressure and fed by cartridges from a magazine; used by United States troops in World War I and in World War II and in the Korean War [syn: Browning automatic rifle, BAR] 13: a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises 14: a heating element in an electric fire; "an electric fire with three bars" 15: (law) a railing that encloses the part of the courtroom where the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried; "spectators were not allowed past the bar" v 1: prevent from entering; keep out; "He was barred from membership in the club" [syn: bar, debar, exclude] 2: render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road" [syn: barricade, block, blockade, stop, block off, block up, bar] 3: expel, as if by official decree; "he was banished from his own country" [syn: banish, relegate, bar] 4: secure with, or as if with, bars; "He barred the door" [ant: unbar]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

698 Moby Thesaurus words for "bar": Hershey bar, Maypole, abscind, accent, accent mark, achievement, ait, alehouse, alerion, ambo, amputate, animal charge, annihilate, annulet, anticipate, arch dam, archipelago, argent, armorial bearings, armory, arms, aside from, atoll, avert, aviation badge, azure, backstop, badge, bamboo curtain, ban, band, bandeau, bang, banish, bank, bar line, bar out, bar sinister, barrage, barrel house, barricade, barrier, barring, barroom, bate, baton, batten, batten down, beam, bear-trap dam, bearings, beaver dam, beer garden, beer parlor, belt, bench, bend, bend sinister, beside, besides, bespangle, bespeckle, bespot, billet, bind, bistro, blank wall, blazon, blazonry, blind alley, blind gut, blind tiger, block, block up, blockade, blockage, blotch, board, bob, bolt, boom, boozer, bordure, bottleneck, boycott, brace, brake, breakwater, breastwork, brick wall, broad arrow, bucket shop, buffer, buffet, bulkhead, bulkhead in, bullion, bulwark, bung, but, button, button up, cabaret, cadency mark, cafe, cancel, cant hook, cantina, canton, caulk, cay, cecum, chaplet, character, charge, check, checker, checkrein, chevron, chicken, chief, chink, chock, choke, choke off, choke up, choking, choking off, circumscribe, circumscription, clap, claw bar, clip, clog, clog up, close, close off, close out, close tight, close up, coat of arms, cockatrice, cocktail lounge, cofferdam, coin gold, coin silver, confine, congest, congestion, constipate, constipation, constrict, contain, continental island, contract, control, copper, coral head, coral island, coral reef, cork, coronet, costiveness, counsel, count out, counter, cover, crack, crank, craze, crescent, crest, crisscross, crop, cross, cross moline, cross-hatching, crossbar, crosscut, crow, crowbar, crowd, crown, cruciate, cul-de-sac, cull, curb, custos, cut, cut across, cut away, cut off, cut out, dam, dam up, dapple, dash, dead end, debar, debarment, debarring, decussate, defense, deflect, degree, delimit, delimitate, delineation, demarcation, deny, deport, desk, deter, device, diagonal, difference, differencing, difficulty, dike, direct, disallow, discourage, disenable, dishearten, disqualify, ditch, dive, dock, dog, dot, dotted line, dramshop, drinkery, drinking saloon, eagle, earthwork, eliminate, embankment, embargo, embolism, embolus, encumbrance, enjoin, enucleate, epaulet, eradicate, ermine, ermines, erminites, erminois, escritoire, escutcheon, estop, ex, except, except for, excepting, exception, excise, exclude, exclude from, excluding, exclusion, exclusive of, exile, expression mark, extinguish, extirpate, falcon, fasten, fence, fend, fend off, fermata, fess, fess point, field, file, fill, fill up, flagstaff, flake, flanch, flat, fleck, fleur-de-lis, fold, fold up, forbid, ford, foreclose, forestall, foul, freckle, freeze out, fret, fur, fusil, garland, gate, gin mill, gold, gold nugget, gorge, gravity dam, griffin, groggery, grogshop, groin, gules, gyron, hachure, hairline, halt, hamper, handspike, hardship, harlequin, hash mark, hatching, hatchment, hedge, helmet, help, hem, heraldic device, hinder, hindrance, hold, holm, honky-tonk, honor point, hurdle, hydraulic-fill dam, ignore, impalement, impaling, impasse, impede, impediment, inadmissibility, inescutcheon, infarct, infarction, ingot, inhibit, injunction, insignia of branch, insularity, intercross, interdict, intersect, iris, iron crow, iron curtain, island, island group, islandology, isle, jam, jetty, jimmy, keep from, keep off, keep out, key, key signature, knock off, label, latch, lead, leaping weir, leave out, leaving out, lectern, ledger line, legal profession, let alone, levee, lever, lie across, ligature, limb, line, lineation, lion, list, local, lock, lock out, lock up, lockout, logjam, lop, lounge, lozenge, maculate, make impossible, mantling, marble, marbleize, mark, marlinespike, marshaling, martlet, mascle, measure, metal, metronomic mark, milldam, moat, mole, motley, mottle, motto, mound, mullet, mutilate, narrowing, nickel, nightclub, nip, nombril point, nonadmission, notation, nugget, oak leaf, obstacle, obstipate, obstipation, obstruct, obstruction, obviate, occlude, oceanic island, octofoil, omission, omit, omitting, or, ordinary, organization insignia, orle, ostracize, outlaw, outrigger, outside of, overseas bar, pack, padlock, pale, palisade, paly, parachute badge, parapet, pare, pass over, patch, pause, pean, peavey, pedal, peel, pepper, pheon, pick out, picket, pinch bar, pip, pleading, plug, plug up, plumb, pole, polychrome, polychromize, portcullis, pothouse, precious metals, preclude, precluding, preclusion, presa, prevent, prize, prohibit, prohibition, proscribe, prune, pry, pub, public, public house, purpure, quarter, quartering, rail, rainbow, rampart, rathskeller, reef, refuse, reject, rejection, relegate, relegation, repel, representation, repress, repudiate, repudiation, restrict, restriction, ripping bar, roadblock, roadhouse, rock-fill dam, rod, root out, rose, rub, rule out, rummery, rumshop, sable, saloon, saloon bar, saltire, sandbank, sandbar, save, save and except, saving, say no to, scape, score, scutcheon, seal, seal off, seal up, sealing off, seawall, secretaire, secretary, secure, segno, send to Coventry, service stripe, set apart, set aside, shaft, shallow, shallows, shave, shear, shelf, shield, shoal, shoal water, shoulder patch, shoulder sleeve insignia, shut, shut off, shut out, shut the door, shut tight, shut up, shutter dam, sign, signature, silver, slab, slam, slash, slur, snag, snap, space, spangle, spar, speakeasy, speck, speckle, spile, splotch, spot, spread eagle, sprinkle, squeeze, squeeze shut, staff, stalk, stamp out, stanch, stand, star, stave, stave off, stay, stem, stench, stick, stifle, stigmatize, stipple, stone wall, stop, stop up, stoppage, stopper, stopple, strangle, strangulate, strangulation, streak, streaking, stria, striate, striation, striature, striga, strike off, string, striola, strip, strip off, stripe, striping, stroke, stud, stuff, stuff up, stumbling block, sublineation, submarine badge, subordinary, suffocate, suppress, suspend, swell, symbol, table, taboo, take off, take out, tap, taproom, tattoo, tavern, tempo mark, tenne, tessellate, than, tidal flats, tie, time signature, tincture, tongue, torse, totem pole, transverse, traverse, treadle, tressure, tribunal, truncate, turn aside, underline, underlining, underscore, underscoring, unicorn, unless, vair, variegate, vein, vert, vicissitude, vinculum, virgule, wall, ward off, watering place, weir, wetlands, wicket dam, wine shop, wipe out, without, work, workbench, wreath, wrecking bar, writing table, yale, yellow stuff, zip up, zipper
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014):

BAR Base Address Register (IC)
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

bar /bar/, n. 1. [very common] The second metasyntactic variable, after foo and before baz. ?Suppose we have two functions: FOO and BAR. FOO calls BAR....? 2. Often appended to foo to produce foobar.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

bar 1. /bar/ The second metasyntactic variable, after foo and before baz. E.g. "Suppose function FOO calls functions BAR..." 2. Often appended to foo to produce foobar. [Jargon File] (1995-03-07)
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Bar used to denote the means by which a door is bolted (Neh. 3:3); a rock in the sea (Jonah 2:6); the shore of the sea (Job 38:10); strong fortifications and powerful impediments, etc. (Isa. 45:2; Amos 1:5); defences of a city (1 Kings 4:13). A bar for a door was of iron (Isa. 45:2), brass (Ps. 107:16), or wood (Nah. 3:13).
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

BAR, contracts. An obstacle or opposition. 2. Some bars arise from circumstances, and others from persons. Kindred within the prohibited degree, for example, is a bar to a marriage between the persons related; but the fact that A is married, and cannot therefore marry B, is a circumstance which operates as a bar as long as it subsists; for without it the parties might marry.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

BAR, practice. A place in a court where the counsellors and advocates stand to make their addresses to the court and jury; it is so called because formerly it was closed with a bar. Figuratively the counsellors and attorneys at law are called the bar of Philadelphia, the New York bar. 2. A place in a court having criminal jurisdiction, to which prisoners are called to plead to the indictment, is also called, the bar. Vide Merl. Repert. mot Barreau, and Dupin, Profession d'Avocat, tom. i. p. 451, for some eloquent advice to gentlemen of the bar.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

BAR, actions. A perpetual destruction or temporary taking away of the action of the plaintiff. In ancient authors it is called exceptio peremptorid. Co. Litt. 303 b Steph. Pl. Appx. xxviii. Loisel (Institutes Coutumieres, vol. ii. p. 204) says, "Exceptions (in pleas) have been called bars by our ancient practitioners, because, being opposed, they arrest the party who has sued out the process, as in war (une barriere) a barrier arrests an enemy; and as there have always been in our tribunals bars to separate the advocates from the judges, the place where the advocates stand (pour parler) when they speak, has been called for that reason (barreau) the bar." 2. When a person is bound in any action, real or personal, by judgment on demurrer, confession or verdict, he is barred, i. e. debarred, as to that or any other action of the like nature or degree, for the same thing, forever; for expedit reipublicae ut sit finis litim. 3. But there is a difference between real and personal actions. 4. In personal actions, as in debt or account, the bar is perpetual, inasmuch as the plaintiff cannot have an action of a higher nature, and therefore in such actions he has generally no remedy, but by bringing a writ of error. Doct. Plac. 65; 6 Co. 7, 8 4 East, 507, 508. 5. But if the defendant be barred in a real action, by judgment on a verdict, demurrer or confession, &c., he may still have an action of a higher nature, and try the same right again. Lawes, Pl. 39, 40. See generally, Bac. Ab. Abatement, N; Plea in bar. Also the case of Outram v. Morewood, 3 East, Rep. 346-366; a leading case on this subject.