barrel

barrel [bar′əl, ber′əl]
n.
[ME barel < OFr baril < ML barillus < ?]
1. a large, wooden, cylindrical container with flat, circular ends and sides that bulge outward, made usually of staves bound together with hoops
2. the capacity or contents of a standard barrel, esp. as a unit of measure (in the U.S., 311/ 2 gal, but for petroleum, 42 gal and for fermented beverages, 31 gal; in Gr. Brit., 36 imperial gal; in dry measure, various amounts, as 196 lb of flour, 200 lb of pork or fish, etc.)
3. a revolving cylinder, wound with a chain or rope [the barrel of a windlass]
4. any hollow or solid cylinder [the barrel of a fountain pen]
5. the tube of a gun, through which the projectile is fired
6. the cylindrical case containing the mainspring of a clock or watch
7. the piston chamber of a pump
8. the quill of a feather
9. Informal a great amount [a barrel of fun]
vt.
barreled or barrelled, barreling or barrelling
to put or pack in a barrel or barrels
vi.
Slang to go at high speed
to go at high speed
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☆ have someone over a barrel
Slang to have someone completely at one's mercy, esp. financially

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • Barrel — Bar rel (b[a^]r r[e^]l), n.[OE. barel, F. baril, prob. fr. barre bar. Cf. {Barricade}.] 1. A round vessel or cask, of greater length than breadth, and bulging in the middle, made of staves bound with hoops, and having flat ends or heads; as, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • barrel — bar‧rel [ˈbærəl] noun [countable] 1. TRANSPORT a large round container with a flat top and bottom, used for storing and carrying liquids such as oil and beer: • barrels of beer 2. an amount of a liquid contained in a barrel, used as unit of… …   Financial and business terms

  • Barrel 30 — (Веррес,Италия) Категория отеля: Адрес: Via Jean Baptiste Barrel 30, 11029 Веррес, Италия …   Каталог отелей

  • barrel — (n.) c.1300, from O.Fr. baril (12c.) barrel, cask, vat, with cognates in all Romance languages (Cf. It. barile, Sp. barril), but origin uncertain; perhaps from Gaulish, perhaps somehow related to BAR (Cf. bar) (n.1). Meaning metal tube of a gun… …   Etymology dictionary

  • barrel — ► NOUN 1) a large cylindrical container bulging out in the middle and with flat ends. 2) a measure of capacity for oil and beer (36 imperial gallons for beer and 35 for oil). 3) a cylindrical tube forming part of an object such as a gun or a pen …   English terms dictionary

  • Barrel 38 — (Турин,Италия) Категория отеля: Адрес: Via Nicola Fabrizi 38, 10143 Турин, Италия …   Каталог отелей

  • Barrel — [Aufbauwortschatz (Rating 1500 3200)] Bsp.: • 1 Barrel = ca. 30 40 Gallonen • 1 Barrel Öl = 159 l …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • Barrel — Bar rel (b[a^]r r[e^]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Barreled} ( r[e^]ld), or {Barrelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Barreling}, or {Barrelling}.] To put or to pack in a barrel or barrels. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Barrel — Barrel, in England Flüssigkeitsmaß = 2 Kilderkins = 4 Firkins = 36 Imperialgallons = 163,5645 l; in den Vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerika Gewicht, bei gesalzenen Fischen und Pökelfleisch = 90,7 kg netto, bei Mehl = 88,9 kg netto, bei Harz 127… …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • Barrel — (engl., spr. bärrĕl), engl. Biermaß = 36 Imperialgallons = 163,56 l; Gewichtsbegriff verschiedener Größe für Weizenmehl = engl. 196 Pfund ( = 88,9 kg), Butter = 224, Seife = 256, Pottasche = 200 engl. Pfund …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon


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