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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.


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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