Hypertext Webster Gateway: "bar"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

used to denote the means by which a door is bolted (Neh. 3:3); a
rock in the sea (Jonah 2:6); the shore of the sea (Job 38:10);
strong fortifications and powerful impediments, etc. (Isa. 45:2;
Amos 1:5); defences of a city (1 Kings 4:13). A bar for a door
was of iron (Isa. 45:2), brass (Ps. 107:16), or wood (Nah.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Bar \Bar\ (b[aum]r), n. [OE. barre, F. barre, fr. LL. barra, W.
bar the branch of a tree, bar, baren branch, Gael. & Ir.
barra bar. [root]91.]
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.

Thou shalt make bars of shittim wood. --Ex. xxvi.

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.

Must I new bars to my own joy create? --Dryden.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Bar \Bar\ (b[aum]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Barred} (b[aum]rd); p.
pr. & vb. n. {Barring}.] [ F. barrer. See {Bar}, n.]
1. To fasten with a bar; as, to bar a door or gate.

2. 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.

He barely looked the idea in the face, and hastened
to bar it in its dungeon. --Hawthorne.

3. To except; to exclude by exception.

Nay, but I bar to-night: you shall not gauge me By
what we do to-night. --Shak.

4. To cross with one or more stripes or lines.

For the sake of distinguishing the feet more
clearly, I have barred them singly. --Burney.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served
over a counter [syn: {barroom}, {saloon}, {ginmill}, {taproom}]
2: a counter where you can obtain food or drink
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: notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats; written
followed by a vertical bar [syn: {measure}]
5: an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal;
"it was an excellent kick but the ball hit the bar"
6: the act of preventing [syn: {prevention}]
7: a unit of pressure equal to a million dynes per square
8: a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along
a shore
9: the body of individuals qualified to practice law [syn: {legal
profession}, {legal community}]
10: a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax); "a bar of
chocolate" [syn: {cake}]
11: 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 [syn: {Browning
automatic rifle}, {BAR}]
12: (British) a heating element in an electric fire
13: (law) a railing that encloses the part of the courtroom
where the the judges and lawyers sit and the case is
v 1: prevent from entering; keep out; "He was barred from
membership in the club" [syn: {debar}, {exclude}]
2: render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade
the streets" [syn: {barricade}, {block}, {blockade}, {block
off}, {block up}]
3: expel, as if by official decree; "he was banished from his
own country" [syn: {banish}, {relegate}]
4: secure with, or as if with, bars; "He barred the door" [ant:

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