Definition of Barrel

1. Noun. A tube through which a bullet travels when a gun is fired.

Exact synonyms: Gun Barrel
Group relationships: Gun
Generic synonyms: Tube, Tubing

2. Verb. Put in barrels.
Generic synonyms: Lay, Place, Pose, Position, Put, Set

3. Noun. A cylindrical container that holds liquids.
Exact synonyms: Cask
Specialized synonyms: Beer Barrel, Beer Keg, Butt, Hogshead, Keg, Pickle Barrel, Shook, Tun, Wine Barrel, Wine Cask
Terms within: Breech, Rear Of Barrel, Rear Of Tube, Bung, Spile, Hoop, Ring, Lag, Stave, Spigot, Tap
Generic synonyms: Vessel

4. Noun. A bulging cylindrical shape; hollow with flat ends.
Exact synonyms: Drum
Generic synonyms: Cylinder

5. Noun. The quantity that a barrel (of any size) will hold.
Exact synonyms: Barrelful
Generic synonyms: Containerful

6. Noun. Any of various units of capacity. "A barrel of beer is 31 gallons and a barrel of oil is 42 gallons"
Exact synonyms: Bbl
Generic synonyms: United States Liquid Unit, British Capacity Unit, Imperial Capacity Unit
Terms within: Gal, Gallon, Congius, Gallon, Imperial Gallon
Group relationships: Hogshead

Definition of Barrel

1. n. A round vessel or cask, of greater length than breadth, and bulging in the middle, made of staves bound with hoops, and having flat ends or heads.

2. v. t. To put or to pack in a barrel or barrels.

Definition of Barrel

1. Noun. A round vessel or cask, of greater length than breadth, and bulging in the middle, made of staves bound with hoops, and having flat ends or heads. Sometimes applied to a similar cylindrical container made of metal, usually called a drum. ¹

2. Noun. The quantity which constitutes a full barrel. This varies for different articles and also in different places for the same article, being regulated by custom or by law. A barrel of wine is 31 1/2 gallons; a barrel of flour is 196 pounds; of beer 31 gallons; of ale 32 gallons; of crude oil 42 gallons. ¹

3. Noun. A solid drum, or a hollow cylinder or case; ¹

4. Noun. A metallic tube, as of a gun, from which a projectile is discharged. ¹

5. Noun. (obsolete) A jar. 1 Kings xvii. 12. ¹

6. Noun. (archaic) A tube. ¹

7. Noun. (zoology) The hollow basal part of a feather. ¹

8. Noun. (music) The part of a clarinet which connects the mouthpiece and upper joint, and looks rather like a barrel (1). ¹

9. Noun. (context: surfing) A wave that breaks with a hollow compartment. ¹

10. Noun. (US specifically New England) A waste receptacle. ¹

11. Noun. The ribs and belly of a horse or pony. ¹

12. Verb. To move quickly or in an uncontrolled manner. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Barrel

1. to move fast [v -RELED, -RELING, -RELS or -RELLED, -RELLING, -RELS]

Medical Definition of Barrel

1. 1. A round vessel or cask, of greater length than breadth, and bulging in the middle, made of staves bound with hoops, and having flat ends or heads. 2. The quantity which constitutes a full barrel. This varies for different articles and also in different places for the same article, being regulated by custom or by law. A barrel of wine is 31 1/2 gallons; a barrel of flour is 196 pounds. 3. A solid drum, or a hollow cylinder or case; as, the barrel of a windlass; the barrel of a watch, within which the spring is coiled. 4. A metallic tube, as of a gun, from which a projectile is discharged. 5. A jar. 6. The hollow basal part of a feather. Barrel bulk, the tympanum, or tympanic cavity. Barrel organ, an instrument for producing music by the action of a revolving cylinder. Barrel vault. See Vault. Origin: OE. Barel, F. Baril, prob. Fr. Barre bar. Cf. Barricade. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Barrel

barrators
barratries
barratrous
barratry
barrats
barre
barred
barred antshrike
barred antshrikes
barred owl
barred owls
barred pickerel
barred tinamou
barred tinamous
barreing
barrel (current term)
barrel-chested
barrel cactus
barrel chest
barrel child
barrel children
barrel distortion
barrel fever
barrel knot
barrel maker
barrel nut
barrel nut connector
barrel nut connectors
barrel nuts
barrel of laughs

Literary usage of Barrel

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1920)
"Merrill filled the barrel with water from the tank, and Norris then got some nails and drove them Into the tops of the staves, for the purpose of suspending ..."

2. Lombard Architecture by Arthur Kingsley Porter (1917)
"As a matter of fact, however, there is extant only one barrel- vaulted ... barrel vaults were used in transepts almost as characteristically as in choirs. ..."

3. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1858)
"[Brown Bess, in its primary meaning, is equivalent to brown barrel. Bus, in Dutch, is the barrel of a gun ; in Low Germ. büsse, in Swed. byssa. ..."

4. An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, James Edwin Thorold Rogers (1869)
"£o 12 3$ And if the herrings are exported, there ia besides a premium of . .028 So that the bounty paid by Government in money for each barrel is .£01411! ..."

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