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English noun: barrier

1. barrier (artifact) a structure or object that impedes free movement


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


Narrower (hyponym)balusters, balustrade, banister, bannister, barricade, barricade, breakwater, bulwark, bulwark, crash barrier, dam, dike, dyke, fence, fencing, fender, grate, grating, groin, groyne, handrail, hurdle, jetty, mole, movable barrier, rail, railing, revetment, roadblock, seawall, starting gate, starting stall, wing

2. barrier (cognition) any condition that makes it difficult to make progress or to achieve an objective


SamplesIntolerance is a barrier to understanding.


Synonymsroadblock


Broader (hypernym)obstacle, obstruction


Narrower (hyponym)ideological barrier, language barrier

3. barrier (object) anything serving to maintain separation by obstructing vision or access


Broader (hypernym)mechanism


Narrower (hyponym)bar, blood-brain barrier, curtain









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