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1 a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter; "he drowned his sorrows in whiskey at the bar" [syn: barroom, saloon, ginmill, taproom]
2 a counter where you can obtain food or drink; "he bought a hot dog and a coke at the bar"
3 a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon; "there were bars in the windows to prevent escape"
4 musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats; "the orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song" [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; "there was no bar against leaving"; "money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of influenza" [syn: prevention]
7 (meteorology) a unit of pressure equal to a million dynes per square centimeter; "unfortunately some writers have used bar for one dyne per square centimeter"
8 a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore; "the boat ran aground on a submerged bar in the river"
9 the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction; "he was admitted to the bar in New Jersey" [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 War I and in World War II and in the Korean War [syn: Browning automatic rifle]
12 a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises
13 a heating element in an electric fire; "an electric fire with three bars"
14 (law) a railing that encloses the part of the courtroom where the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried; "spectators were not allowed past the bar"


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"; "stop the busy road" [syn: barricade, block, blockade, stop, 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: unbar] [also: barring, barred]barred adj
1 firmly fastened or secured against opening; "windows and doors were all fast"; "a locked closet"; "left the house properly secured" [syn: bolted, fast, latched, locked, secured]
2 preventing entry or exit or a course of action; "a barricaded street"; "barred doors"; "the blockaded harbor" [syn: barricaded, blockaded]barred See bar

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  1. Having bars, striped.
  2. Prevented.
    He is barred by term limits from running for a third term in office.


Having bars, striped
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