AskDefine | Define barring

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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]barring n : the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto [syn: blackball]barring See bar

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. present participle of bar


  1. the exclusion of someone; blackballing




  1. Unless something happens; excepting; in the absence of
    Barring any further red tape, we will finally be able to open the restaurant.
    Barring any sudden storms, the plane should arrive on time.



Extensive Definition

Barring can refer to:
  • the act of adding bars to a piece of music.
  • adding strips of wood to a string instrument to reinforce it, as in the bass-bar and ribs.
  • a left hand technique used by string players, see Barre chord.

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