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English noun: bar

1. bar (artifact) a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter

SamplesHe drowned his sorrows in whiskey at the bar.

Synonymsbarroom, ginmill, saloon, taproom

Broader (hypernym)room

Narrower (hyponym)barrelhouse, cocktail lounge, honky-tonk, sawdust saloon, speakeasy

Part meronymgin mill, pothouse, pub, public house, saloon, taphouse

2. bar (artifact) a counter where you can obtain food or drink

SamplesHe bought a hot dog and a coke at the bar.

Broader (hypernym)counter

Narrower (hyponym)buffet, cash bar, oyster bar, salad bar, snack bar, snack counter, soda fountain, sushi bar, wet bar, wine bar

3. bar (artifact) a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon

SamplesThere were bars in the windows to prevent escape.

Broader (hypernym)implement

Narrower (hyponym)anti-sway bar, belaying pin, bolt, bolt, carpenter's level, chinning bar, core, crossbar, deadbolt, drawbar, fret, grab bar, handlebar, handspike, heaver, lever, rail, rail, rails, rotor, runway, shackle, slice bar, stabilizer bar, towel bar, towel rail, track

4. bar (communication) musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats

SamplesThe orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song.


Broader (hypernym)musical notation

5. bar (artifact) an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal

SamplesIt was an excellent kick but the ball hit the bar.

Broader (hypernym)impediment, impedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor

Part meronymgoal

6. bar (act) the act of preventing

SamplesThere was no bar against leaving.
Money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of influenza.


Broader (hypernym)hinderance, hindrance, interference

Narrower (hyponym)averting, crushing, debarment, disqualification, forestalling, interception, non-proliferation, nonproliferation, obviation, preclusion, prophylaxis, quelling, save, stifling, suppression

7. bar (quantity) (meteorology) a unit of pressure equal to a million dynes per square centimeter

SamplesUnfortunately some writers have used bar for one dyne per square centimeter.

Broader (hypernym)pressure unit

Part holonymbar absolute, barye, microbar, millibar

Domain categorymeteorology

8. bar (object) a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore

SamplesThe boat ran aground on a submerged bar in the river.

Broader (hypernym)barrier, ridge

Narrower (hyponym)sand bar, sandbar

9. bar (group) the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction

SamplesHe was admitted to the bar in New Jersey.

Synonymslegal community, legal profession

Broader (hypernym)profession

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

10. bar (attribute) a narrow marking of a different color or texture from the background

SamplesA green toad with small black stripes or bars.
May the Stars and Stripes forever wave.

Synonymsstreak, stripe

Broader (hypernym)marking

Narrower (hyponym)band, banding, stria, striation

11. bar (artifact) a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax)

SamplesA bar of chocolate.


Broader (hypernym)block

Narrower (hyponym)tablet

12. BAR (artifact) a portable .30 caliber automatic rifle operated by gas pressure and fed by cartridges from a magazine; used by United States troops in World War I and in World War II and in the Korean War

SynonymsBrowning automatic rifle

Broader (hypernym)automatic, automatic rifle, machine rifle

13. bar (artifact) a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises

Broader (hypernym)support

Part meronymbars, high bar, horizontal bar, parallel bars

14. bar (artifact) a heating element in an electric fire

SamplesAn electric fire with three bars.

Broader (hypernym)heating element

Domain regionBritain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

15. bar (artifact) (law) a railing that encloses the part of the courtroom where the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried

SamplesSpectators were not allowed past the bar.

Broader (hypernym)rail, railing

Part meronymcourt, courtroom

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

English verb: bar

1. bar (communication) prevent from entering; keep out

SamplesHe was barred from membership in the club.

Synonymsdebar, exclude

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)disallow, forbid, interdict, nix, prohibit, proscribe, veto

2. bar (contact) render unsuitable for passage

SamplesBlock the way.
Barricade the streets.
Stop the busy road.

Synonymsbarricade, block, block off, block up, blockade, stop

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)block, close up, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude

Narrower (hyponym)block off, close, close off, shut off

Verb groupblock, obstruct

3. bar (social) expel, as if by official decree

SamplesHe was banished from his own country.

Synonymsbanish, relegate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)expel, kick out, throw out

Narrower (hyponym)spike

4. bar (contact) secure with, or as if with, bars

SamplesHe barred the door.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)fasten, fix, secure


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