Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
  Show Word Combinations
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
barrier

bar·ri·er

barrier

 
 
pronunciation:
baer i r
part of speech: noun
definition 1: something erected to bar passage such as a fence, wall, or the like.
synonyms:
bar, obstacle, obstruction
similar words:
barricade, blockade, breakwater, breastwork, bulwark, circumvallation, earthwork, embankment, fence, moat, palisade, railing, rampart, roadblock, stockade, wall
definition 2: a natural bar to passage.
The flooded river was a barrier to the hikers.
synonyms:
bar, impediment, obstacle, obstruction, roadblock
similar words:
block, hindrance
definition 3: anything that impedes or restricts.
Her lack of education is a barrier to career advancement.
synonyms:
bar, impediment, obstacle, obstruction, roadblock, stumbling block
similar words:
block, check, drawback, hindrance, shackle