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Definition of BARREL

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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 cracker barrel. Sometimes applied to a similar cylindrical container made of metal, usually called a {drum}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

     2. The quantity which constitutes a full barrel. This varies for different articles and also in different places for the same article, being regulated by custom or by law. A barrel of wine is 311/2 gallons; a barrel of flour is 196 pounds. [1913 Webster]

     3. A solid drum, or a hollow cylinder or case; as, the barrel of a windlass; the barrel of a watch, within which the spring is coiled. [1913 Webster]

     4. A metallic tube, as of a gun, from which a projectile is discharged. --Knight. [1913 Webster]

     5. A jar. [Obs.] --1 Kings xvii. 12.
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     6. (Zool.) The hollow basal part of a feather. [1913 Webster]

     {Barrel bulk} (Com.), a measure equal to five cubic feet, used in estimating capacity, as of a vessel for freight.


     {Barrel drain} (Arch.), a drain in the form of a cylindrical tube.

     {Barrel of a boiler}, the cylindrical part of a boiler, containing the flues.

     {Barrel of the ear} (Anat.), the tympanum, or tympanic cavity.

     {Barrel organ}, an instrument for producing music by the action of a revolving cylinder.

     {Barrel vault}. See under {Vault}.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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 v.0.48 [gcide]

136 Moby Thesaurus words for "barrel":
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