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barratry in law, the practice of frequently stirring up groundless lawsuits. [2 definitions]
barre a long horizontal handrail mounted in ballet studios as an aid for dancers performing various exercises.
barred protected with bars, as a window. [3 definitions]
barrel a cylindrical vessel with a flat top and bottom, often made of wood staves hooped together and having bulging sides. [6 definitions]
barrel-chested having a deeper, thicker chest than usual for one's height or weight.
barrelful the quantity that fills a barrel; barrel.
barrel organ a portable musical instrument consisting of a cylinder fitted with pegs or pins that either open valves to a series of pipes or strike metal tongues when the cylinder is rotated; hand organ.
barrel roll a maneuver in which an aircraft completes one spiral revolution around its lengthwise axis, without changing direction of flight.
barren unproductive; nonproducing. [5 definitions]
barrette a small clasp, often decorative, used for holding a woman's or girl's hair in place.
barricade a hastily constructed barrier for protection or for obstructing passage. [3 definitions]
barrier something erected to bar passage such as a fence, wall, or the like. [3 definitions]
barrier island a long narrow sandy island formed parallel to a shore protecting it from erosion.
barrier reef a ridge of coral running parallel to a coast.
barring1 except in the case of; except for.
barrio in a Spanish-speaking country, one of the districts of a town. [2 definitions]
barrister (chiefly British) a lawyer who is qualified to offer legal advice and to represent clients in both the lower and higher courts in the UK.
barroom a room where alcoholic beverages are served, usu. at a bar or counter.
barrow1 a flat, rectangular frame used for carrying a load, supported by handles at each end or handles at one end and a wheel at the other; wheelbarrow.
barrow2 a burial mound.
barrow3 a castrated hog.