"bars" in the noun sense
1. barroom, bar, saloon, ginmill, taproom
a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter
"he drowned his sorrows in whiskey at the bar"
a counter where you can obtain food or drink
"he bought a hot dog and a coke at the bar"
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. measure, bar
musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats
"the orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song"
an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal
"it was an excellent kick but the ball hit the bar"
6. prevention, bar
the act of preventing
"there was no bar against leaving"
"money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of influenza"
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"
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. legal profession, bar, legal community
the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction
"he was admitted to the bar in New Jersey"
10. stripe, streak, bar
a narrow marking of a different color or texture from the background
"a green toad with small black stripes or bars"
"may the Stars and Stripes forever wave"
11. cake, bar
a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax
"a bar of chocolate"
12. Browning automatic rifle, BAR
a portable .30 caliber automatic rifle operated by gas pressure and fed by cartridges from a magazine used by United States troops in World War I and in World War II and in the Korean War
a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises
a heating element in an electric fire
"an electric fire with three bars"
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"
"bars" in the verb sense
1. bar, debar, exclude
prevent from entering keep out
"He was barred from membership in the club"
2. barricade, block, blockade, stop, block off, block up, bar
render unsuitable for passage
"block the way"
"barricade the streets"
"stop the busy road"
3. banish, relegate, bar
expel, as if by official decree
"he was banished from his own country"
secure with, or as if with, bars
"He barred the door"
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