/ˈbærəl / (say 'baruhl)

1. a wooden cylindrical vessel made of staves hooped together, and having slightly bulging sides and flat parallel ends.
2. a unit of quantity in the imperial system, equal to 159.11315 × 10-3 m3, and in the US, to 158.9873 × 10-3 m3.
3. any vessel, case, or part similar in form.
4. anything which is barrel-shaped, as the trunk of a tree.
5. the tube of a gun.
6. (usually plural) Building Trades that part of a pipe through which the bore and the wall thickness remain uniform.
7. Machinery the chamber of a pump, in which the piston works.
8. Horology the cylindrical case in a watch or clock within which the mainspring is coiled.
9. Ornithology the hard, horny, hollow part of the stem at the base of a feather; the calamus or quill.
10. Nautical the main portion of a capstan about which the rope winds.
11. Colloquial a benefit (def. 3).
verb (t) (barrelled or, US, barreled, barrelling or, US, barreling)
12. to put or pack in a barrel or barrels.
13. Colloquial to knock over or run into (as in football): I'll barrel the bloke.
14. barrel along, Colloquial to move along swiftly and confidently.
15. over a barrel, at a disadvantage; in difficulty. {Phrase Origin: ? from the past practice of resuscitating someone rescued from drowning by draping them over a barrel, which was then rocked backwards and forwards to help drain the water from the person's lungs}
{Middle English barel, from Old French baril, probably from barre bar, stave}
/ˈbærəl / (say 'baruhl)

noun Colloquial
a hat.
{rhyming slang, barrel of fat hat}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • barrel — bar‧rel [ˈbærəl] noun [countable] 1. TRANSPORT a large round container with a flat top and bottom, used for storing and carrying liquids such as oil and beer: • barrels of beer 2. an amount of a liquid contained in a barrel, used as unit of… …   Financial and business terms

  • barrel — [bar′əl, ber′əl] n. [ME barel < OFr baril < ML barillus < ?] 1. a large, wooden, cylindrical container with flat, circular ends and sides that bulge outward, made usually of staves bound together with hoops 2. the capacity or contents of …   English World dictionary

  • Barrel 30 — (Веррес,Италия) Категория отеля: Адрес: Via Jean Baptiste Barrel 30, 11029 Веррес, Италия …   Каталог отелей

  • barrel — (n.) c.1300, from O.Fr. baril (12c.) barrel, cask, vat, with cognates in all Romance languages (Cf. It. barile, Sp. barril), but origin uncertain; perhaps from Gaulish, perhaps somehow related to BAR (Cf. bar) (n.1). Meaning metal tube of a gun… …   Etymology dictionary

  • barrel — ► NOUN 1) a large cylindrical container bulging out in the middle and with flat ends. 2) a measure of capacity for oil and beer (36 imperial gallons for beer and 35 for oil). 3) a cylindrical tube forming part of an object such as a gun or a pen …   English terms dictionary

  • Barrel 38 — (Турин,Италия) Категория отеля: Адрес: Via Nicola Fabrizi 38, 10143 Турин, Италия …   Каталог отелей

  • Barrel — [Aufbauwortschatz (Rating 1500 3200)] Bsp.: • 1 Barrel = ca. 30 40 Gallonen • 1 Barrel Öl = 159 l …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • 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

  • Barrel — Barrel, in England Flüssigkeitsmaß = 2 Kilderkins = 4 Firkins = 36 Imperialgallons = 163,5645 l; in den Vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerika Gewicht, bei gesalzenen Fischen und Pökelfleisch = 90,7 kg netto, bei Mehl = 88,9 kg netto, bei Harz 127… …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • Barrel — (engl., spr. bärrĕl), engl. Biermaß = 36 Imperialgallons = 163,56 l; Gewichtsbegriff verschiedener Größe für Weizenmehl = engl. 196 Pfund ( = 88,9 kg), Butter = 224, Seife = 256, Pottasche = 200 engl. Pfund …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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