Definitions of bar

  1. expel, as if by official decree; " he was banished from his own country"
  2. the act of preventing; " there was no bar against leaving"
  3. a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction of weapon; " there were bars in the windows to prevent escape"
  4. an obstruction ( usually metal) placed at the top of a goal; " it was an excellent kick but the ball hit the bar"
  5. a counter where you can obtain food or drink; " he bought a hot dog and a coke at the bar"
  6. ( 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"
  7. ( British) a heating element in an electric fire; " an electric fire with three bars"
  8. a portable . 30 caliber magazine- fed automatic rifle operated by gas pressure; used by United States troops in World Wars I and II and in the Korean War
  9. a block of solid substance ( such as soap or wax); " a bar of chocolate"
  10. the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction; " he was admitted to the bar in New Jersey"
  11. ( 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"
  12. prevent from entering; keep out; " He was barred from membership in the club"
  13. musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats; " the orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song"
  14. the act of preventing; " there was no bar against leaving"; " money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of influenza"
  15. 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"
  16. a heating element in an electric fire; " an electric fire with three bars"
  17. a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises
  18. a portable . 30 caliber magazine- fed automatic rifle operated by gas pressure; used by United States troops in World War I and in World War II and in the Korean War
  19. a submerged ( or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore; " the boat ran aground on a submerged bar in the river"
  20. secure with, or as if with, bars; " He barred the door"
  21. 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.
  22. Anything which obstructs, hinders, or prevents; an obstruction; a barrier.
  23. A bank of sand, gravel, or other matter, esp. at the mouth of a river or harbor, obstructing navigation.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. The place in court where prisoners are stationed for arraignment, trial, or sentence.
  27. The whole body of lawyers licensed in a court or district; the legal profession.
  28. A special plea constituting a sufficient answer to plaintiff's action.
  29. Any tribunal; as, the bar of public opinion; the bar of God.
  30. 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.
  31. An ordinary, like a fess but narrower, occupying only one fifth part of the field.
  32. A broad shaft, or band, or stripe; as, a bar of light; a bar of color.
  33. A vertical line across the staff. Bars divide the staff into spaces which represent measures, and are themselves called measures.
  34. The space between the tusks and grinders in the upper jaw of a horse, in which the bit is placed.
  35. 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.
  36. A drilling or tamping rod.
  37. A vein or dike crossing a lode.
  38. A gatehouse of a castle or fortified town.
  39. A slender strip of wood which divides and supports the glass of a window; a sash bar.
  40. To fasten with a bar; as, to bar a door or gate.
  41. 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.
  42. To except; to exclude by exception.
  43. To cross with one or more stripes or lines.
  44. A stripe.
  45. A rigid piece of wood, metal, or other solid matter, long in proportion to its thickness; a quantity contained in such a shape; as, a bar of chocolate; a rail; a barrier; anything which impedes or obstructs; a bank of sand, gravel, etc., obstructing navigation at the entrance to a harbor or mouth of a river; the railing in closing the space occupied by counsel in courts of law; the place in court where prisoners are stationed for trial, or sentence; the profession of a lawyer; any tribunal, the portion of a hotel, etc., where liquors are served; a band or stripe; in a bridle, the mouthpiece connecting the checks; one of the upright lines drawn through the staff of a piece of music, dividing it into equal measures of time; the space and notes in closed by two such lines.
  46. To fasten with a bar; to hinder; to obstruct; to exclude; to close; to prohibit; to mark with bars.
  47. Barred.
  48. Barring.
  49. A rod of any solid substance: a bolt: a hinderance or obstruction: a bank of sand or other matter at the mouth of a river: the railing that incloses a space in a tavern or in a court of law: any tribunal: the pleaders in a court as distinguished from the judges: a division in music.
  50. To fasten or secure, as with a bar: to hinder or exclude:- pr. p. barring; pa. p. barred'.
  51. A rod; hindrance; movable rail in a fence; inclosed space in a tavern or court- room; a tribunal; division in music; bank in a river.
  52. To fasten with a bar; to hinder; to exclude.
  53. To close; obstruct; prohibit; except.
  54. To mark with bars.
  55. A long, solid strip, as of wood or iron; rail; barrier; obstruction; a bank, as of sand in a harbor.
  56. An enclosed place in a court- room; a court of justice; the legal profession.
  57. A courter where liquors are sold.
  58. The vertical line that divides a staff.
  59. A rod of wood, iron, or other solid substance, used as a lever, an axis, or an obstruction; a cross beam or bolt; a barrier for defence; a bank of sand, gravel, or earth, forming a shoal at the mouth of a river or harbour, obstructing entrance, or rendering it difficult; the railing that encloses the place which counsels occupy in courts of justice; the place in a court at which criminals stand during trial; those who plead at the bar; any tribunal, as, the bar of public opinion; the enclosed place of a tavern, inn, or coffee- house, where liquors are served out; anything laid across another, as stripes in colour, and the like; the highest part of the place in a horse's mouth between the grinders and tusks; an ordinary, consisting of the space included by two straight lines drawn across the escutcheon; a peremptory exception, sufficient to destroy the plaintiff's action; a line drawn perpendicularly across the lines of the staff, including between each two a certain quantity of time, or number of beats; an ingot, lump, or wedge, from the mines, run in a mould, and unwrought.
  60. To fasten with a bar; to obstruct; to exclude; to except; to cross with stripes of a different colour.
  61. A bolt; a long piece or rod of any solid substance of small diameter; an enclosed place at an inn or a court; a division in music, or the line that makes the division; a sandbank at the entrance to a river; the body of lawyers that plead; any hindrance; a stop.
  62. To secure; to fasten; to hinder; to shut out; to restrain.

Usage examples for bar

  1. I must see and have this lad of mine brought up to the bar. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  2. And the figure that had appeared, why should it pause and speak to one of the men at the bar, and not come at once to him. – Sundown Slim by Henry Hubert Knibbs
  3. She took a fifty to one chance at the bar, and she nearly lost. – Jeanne of the Marshes by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  4. They seemed strangely unable to offer any remedy except to keep on paying and in every way possible bar unpleasant news from the newspapers. – The Rat Racket by David Henry Keller
  5. " Mornin'," repeated the man behind the bar. – Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up Bar-20 by Clarence Edward Mulford
  6. He read the whole account of Bar Shalmon's life. – Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends by Gertrude Landa
  7. My wife couldn't read or write, and she was the best woman that ever lived, bar none. – The Plunderer by Roy Norton
  8. More unintelligible than this was it to reflect that he must know the challenge to be of itself a bar to his meeting his Clotilde ever again. – The Tragic Comedians, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  9. He put his glass on the bar and left. – Joe Burke's Last Stand by John Moncure Wetterau
  10. He has read for the Bar, and is younger than Mr. Redworth. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  11. I too go forward to Bar. – In the Day of Adversity by John Bloundelle-Burton
  12. There isn't a soul in the bar, and maybe you'd like a drop of something before your tea. – The Simpkins Plot by George A. Birmingham
  13. Q. Is there a bar connected with the place? – The Attempted Assassination of ex-President Theodore Roosevelt by Oliver Remey Henry Cochems Wheeler Bloodgood
  14. The next moment the heavy bar was slipped aside. – The Red Cross Girls with the Russian Army by Margaret Vandercook
  15. " He shan't stir a step," said Bunnit to the bar- keeper. – The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope
  16. The bar- keeper looked after him thoughtfully. – The Twins of Table Mountain and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  17. " It would mean nothing for me to have it on the left one- while that bar of gold is there," she had told him. – The Man and the Moment by Elinor Glyn
  18. All the same, she's too substantial somehow for me to imagine her leaning out over any gold bar of Heaven. – Loyal to the School by Angela Brazil
  19. Two gaolers, who had been standing there, went out, and the prisoner was brought in, and put to the bar. – A Tale of Two Cities A Story of the French Revolution by Charles Dickens