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  1. bar
  2. noun

    • 1. a long rigid piece of wood, metal, or similar material, typically used as an obstruction, fastening, or weapon:

      an iron bar bars on the windows
    • 2. an amount of food or another substance formed into a narrow block:

      a bar of chocolate gold bars
    • 3. a band of colour or light:

      bars of sunlight shafting through the windows
    • 4. the heating element of an electric fire.

    • 5. the crossbar of a goal:

      Clark's shot hit the bar
    • 6. a metal strip below the clasp of a medal, awarded as an additional distinction:

      he was awarded a second bar to his DSO
    • 7. a sandbank or shoal at the mouth of a harbour or an estuary:

      the bar to the estuary of the River Eske
    • 8. a charge in the form of a narrow horizontal stripe across the shield.

    • 9. a counter in a pub, restaurant, or cafe across which drinks or refreshments are served:

      standing at the bar
      Synonym : counter, table, buffet, stand
    • 10. a room in a pub, restaurant, or hotel in which alcohol is served:

      the oak-panelled bar of the Lion bar stools
    • 11. an establishment where alcohol and sometimes other refreshments are served:

      a small friendly bar open all day
    • 12. a small shop, stall, or area in a department store that serves refreshments or provides a specified service:

      a sandwich bar
    • 13. a barrier or restriction to an action or advance:

      political differences are not necessarily a bar to a good relationship
    • 14. a plea suspending an action or claim in a lawsuit.

    • 15. any of the short sections or measures, typically of equal time value, into which a piece of music is divided, shown on a score by vertical lines across the stave:

      the opening bars of the first hymn
    • 16. a partition in a court room, now usually notional, beyond which most people may not pass and at which an accused person stands:

      the prisoner at the bar
    • 17. a rail marking the end of each chamber in the Houses of Parliament:

      he had to appear at the Bar of the House for a reprimand by the Speaker
    • 18. the profession of barrister:

      his dismissal from the Singapore Bar
    • 19. barristers collectively.

      Synonym : barristers, advocates, counsel
    • 20. lawyers collectively.

    • 21. a particular court of law.



    • 1. except for:

      his kids were all gone now, bar one
    • 2. except the horses indicated (used when stating the odds).

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: bar, plural noun: bars

    • v.: verb: bar, 3rd person present: bars, gerund or present participle: barring, past tense: barred, past participle: barred

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