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Definition of Bar


  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.
  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.
  3. Anything which obstructs, hinders, or prevents; an obstruction; a barrier.
  4. A bank of sand, gravel, or other matter, esp. at the mouth of a river or harbor, obstructing navigation.
  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.
  6. 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.
  7. The place in court where prisoners are stationed for arraignment, trial, or sentence.
  8. The whole body of lawyers licensed in a court or district; the legal profession.
  9. A special plea constituting a sufficient answer to plaintiff's action.
  10. Any tribunal; as, the bar of public opinion; the bar of God.
  11. 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.
  12. An ordinary, like a fess but narrower, occupying only one fifth part of the field.
  13. A broad shaft, or band, or stripe; as, a bar of light; a bar of color.
  14. A vertical line across the staff. Bars divide the staff into spaces which represent measures, and are themselves called measures.
  15. The space between the tusks and grinders in the upper jaw of a horse, in which the bit is placed.
  16. 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.
  17. A drilling or tamping rod.
  18. A vein or dike crossing a lode.
  19. A gatehouse of a castle or fortified town.
  20. A slender strip of wood which divides and supports the glass of a window; a sash bar.
  21. To fasten with a bar; as, to bar a door or gate.
  22. 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.
  23. To except; to exclude by exception.
  24. To cross with one or more stripes or lines.

Bar Quotations

You know an odd feeling? Sitting on the toilet eating a chocolate candy bar.
George Carlin

Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty.
Lyndon B. Johnson

I talk to my readers on social networking sites, but I never tell them what the book is about. Writing is lonely, so from time to time I talk to them on the Internet. It's like chatting at a bar without leaving your office. I talk with them about a lot of things other than my books.
Paulo Coelho

A strong accountability system needs to broaden, not narrow, the curriculum. That cannot happen if you only have accountability without adequate school funding. Until Tallahassee understands the need to raise the bar as well as the financial investment, Florida will continue to celebrate mediocrity at the expense of true achievement.
Dan Gelber

When you do 'Before Sunset,' you know while it's a limited audience, there was a very small group of people that love 'Before Sunrise.' You feel a certain pressure to make sure that you uphold a level of quality that has been a bar. You set a bar and you have to at least match it.
Ethan Hawke
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Bar Translations

bar in Afrikaans is drinkpan
bar in Danish is forhindre, hindre, briket
bar in Dutch is belemmeren, afsluiten, afdammen
bar in French is barrent, barrons, barrer, barrez, tringle
bar in German is sperren, Bar/Riegel, Stange, Taste
bar in Italian is verga, sbarrare
bar in Latin is claustrum
bar in Portuguese is barra
bar in Spanish is molestar, obstruir, barra, percha
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