What does bar mean?

Definitions for bar

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word bar.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. barroom, bar, saloon, ginmill, taproomnoun

    a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter

    "he drowned his sorrows in whiskey at the bar"

  2. barnoun

    a counter where you can obtain food or drink

    "he bought a hot dog and a coke at the bar"

  3. barnoun

    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, barnoun

    musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats

    "the orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song"

  5. barnoun

    an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal

    "it was an excellent kick but the ball hit the bar"

  6. prevention, barnoun

    the act of preventing

    "there was no bar against leaving"; "money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of influenza"

  7. barnoun

    (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. barnoun

    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 communitynoun

    the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction

    "he was admitted to the bar in New Jersey"

  10. stripe, streak, barnoun

    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, barnoun

    a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax)

    "a bar of chocolate"

  12. Browning automatic rifle, BARnoun

    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

  13. barnoun

    a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises

  14. barnoun

    a heating element in an electric fire

    "an electric fire with three bars"

  15. barverb

    (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"

  16. bar, debar, excludeverb

    prevent from entering; keep out

    "He was barred from membership in the club"

  17. barricade, block, blockade, stop, block off, block up, barverb

    render unsuitable for passage

    "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road"

  18. banish, relegate, barverb

    expel, as if by official decree

    "he was banished from his own country"

  19. barverb

    secure with, or as if with, bars

    "He barred the door"


  1. Barnoun

    A city in Montenegro.

  2. Etymology: From barre, from barre

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BARnoun

    Etymology: barre, Fr.

    And he made the middle bar to shoot through the boards from the one end to the other. Exodus, xxxvi. 33.

    The fish-gate did the sons of Hassenaah build, who also laid the beams, thereof, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof. Nehem. iii. 3.

    I brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, and said, hitherto shalt thou come, and no farther. Job, xxxviii. 10.

    And had his heir surviv’d him in due course,
    What limits, England, hadst thou found? what bar?
    What world could have resisted? Samuel Daniel, Civil War.

    Hard, thou know’st it, to exclude
    Spiritual substance with corporeal bar. Parad. Lost, b. iv.

    Must I new bars to my own joy create,
    Refuse myself, what I had forc’d from fate? John Dryden, Aureng.

    Fatal accidents have set
    A most unhappy bar between your friendship. Nicholas Rowe, Ambitious Stepmother.

    Lest examination should hinder and lett your proceedings, behold, for a bar against that impediment, one opinion newly added. Richard Hooker, Preface.

    Which Salique land the French unjustly gloze to be
    The founder of this law, and female bar. William Shakespeare, Hen. V.

    The great duke
    Came to the bar, where, to his accusations,
    He pleaded still not guilty. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Some at the bar with subtlety defend,
    Or on the bench the knotty laws untye. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    I was under some apprehension that they would appeal to me; and therefore laid down my penny at the bar, and made the best of my way. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 403.

    Bastardy is laid in bar of something that is principally commenced. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    I went down to the bottoms of the mountains: the earth, with her bars, was about me for ever. Jonah, ii. 6.

  2. To Barverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    My duty cannot suffer
    T’ obey in all your daughter’s hard commands;
    Though their injunction be to bar my doors,
    And let this tyrannous night take hold upon you. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    When you bar the window-shutters of your lady’s bedchamber at nights, leave open the sashes to let in the air. Jonathan Swift, Directions to the Chambermaid.

    When law can do no right,
    Let it be lawful, that law bar no wrong. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    The houses of the country were all scattered, and yet not so far off as that it barred mutual succour. Philip Sidney, b. i.

    Doth it not seem a thing very probable, that God doth purposely add, Do after my judgments; as giving thereby to understand, that his meaning in the former sentence was but to bar similitude in such things as were repugnant to his ordinances, laws, and statutes? Richard Hooker.

    Hath he set bounds between their love and me?
    I am their mother; who shall bar them from me? William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    Our hope of Italy not only lost,
    But shut from ev’ry shore, and barr’d from ev’ry coast. Dryd.

    God hath abridged it, by barring us from some things of themselves indifferent. Richard Hooker, b. ii. § 4.

    Give my voice on Richard’s side,
    To bar my master’s heirs in true descent!
    God knows I will not. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    His civil acts do bind and bar them all;
    And as from Adam, all corruption take,
    So, if the father’s crime be capital,
    In all the blood, law doth corruption make. John Davies.

    It was thought sufficient not only to exclude them from that benefit, but to bar them from their money. Edward Hyde.

    If he is qualified, why is he barred the profit, when he only performs the conditions? Jeremy Collier, on Pride.

    For though the law of arms doth bar
    The use of venom’d shot in war. Hudibras.

    What is a greater pedant than a mere man of the town?
    Bar him the playhouses, and you strike him dumb. Addison.

    Well, we shall see your bearing. ——
    —— Nay, but I bar to-night; you shall not gage me
    By what we do to-night. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    But buff and belt men never know these cares;
    No time, nor trick of law, their action bars:
    Their cause they to an easier issue put. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    From such delays as conduce to the finding out of truth, a criminal cause ought not to be barred. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    If a bishop be a party to a suit, and excommunicates his adversary, such excommunication shall not disable or bar his adversary. John Ayliffe, Parergon.


  1. bar

    A bar can refer to several things based on the context: 1. A business establishment where alcoholic beverages are served, often across a counter. 2. A rectangular piece of any of several forms of matter; such as, a bar of soap or gold. 3. A long, narrow, rigid piece of metal, wood, or similar material. 4. In music, it represents a segment of time corresponding to a specific number of beats in which each beat is represented by a particular note value. 5. In law, it refers to the profession or institution of legal practitioners or the specific area in a courtroom where the defendant sits during a trial. 6. In graphs and charts, it is a rectangular shape used to represent data. 7. In sports, it can refer to a physical obstacle that participants need to jump over or pass under. 8. In computer science, it could refer to a digital presentation of information, such as a scroll bar or progress bar. 9. In baking, it can be a type of cake that is typically rectangular and baked in a sheet pan; for example, brownies or lemon bars. Please provide additional context for a more specific definition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Barnoun

    a piece of wood, metal, or other material, long in proportion to its breadth or thickness, used as a lever and for various other purposes, but especially for a hindrance, obstruction, or fastening; as, the bars of a fence or gate; the bar of a door

  2. Barnoun

    an indefinite quantity of some substance, so shaped as to be long in proportion to its breadth and thickness; as, a bar of gold or of lead; a bar of soap

  3. Barnoun

    anything which obstructs, hinders, or prevents; an obstruction; a barrier

  4. Barnoun

    a bank of sand, gravel, or other matter, esp. at the mouth of a river or harbor, obstructing navigation

  5. Barnoun

    any railing that divides a room, or office, or hall of assembly, in order to reserve a space for those having special privileges; as, the bar of the House of Commons

  6. Barnoun

    the railing that incloses the place which counsel occupy in courts of justice. Hence, the phrase at the bar of the court signifies in open court

  7. Barnoun

    the place in court where prisoners are stationed for arraignment, trial, or sentence

  8. Barnoun

    the whole body of lawyers licensed in a court or district; the legal profession

  9. Barnoun

    a special plea constituting a sufficient answer to plaintiff's action

  10. Barnoun

    any tribunal; as, the bar of public opinion; the bar of God

  11. Barnoun

    a barrier or counter, over which liquors and food are passed to customers; hence, the portion of the room behind the counter where liquors for sale are kept

  12. Barnoun

    an ordinary, like a fess but narrower, occupying only one fifth part of the field

  13. Barnoun

    a broad shaft, or band, or stripe; as, a bar of light; a bar of color

  14. Barnoun

    a vertical line across the staff. Bars divide the staff into spaces which represent measures, and are themselves called measures

  15. Barnoun

    the space between the tusks and grinders in the upper jaw of a horse, in which the bit is placed

  16. Barnoun

    the part of the crust of a horse's hoof which is bent inwards towards the frog at the heel on each side, and extends into the center of the sole

  17. Barnoun

    a drilling or tamping rod

  18. Barnoun

    a vein or dike crossing a lode

  19. Barnoun

    a gatehouse of a castle or fortified town

  20. Barnoun

    a slender strip of wood which divides and supports the glass of a window; a sash bar

  21. Barnoun

    to fasten with a bar; as, to bar a door or gate

  22. Barnoun

    to restrict or confine, as if by a bar; to hinder; to obstruct; to prevent; to prohibit; as, to bar the entrance of evil; distance bars our intercourse; the statute bars my right; the right is barred by time; a release bars the plaintiff's recovery; -- sometimes with up

  23. Barnoun

    to except; to exclude by exception

  24. Barnoun

    to cross with one or more stripes or lines


  1. Bar

    The bar is a non-SI unit of pressure, defined by the IUPAC as exactly equal to 100,000 Pa. It is about equal to the atmospheric pressure on Earth at sea level, and since 1982 the IUPAC has recommended that the standard for atmospheric pressure should be harmonized to 100,000 Pa = 1 bar ≈ 750.0616827 Torr. The same definition is used in the compressor and the pneumatic tool industries. The bar and the millibar were introduced by the British meteorologist William Napier Shaw in 1909, while he was the director of the Meteorological Office in London. Units derived from the bar are the megabar, kilobar, decibar, centibar, and millibar. They are not SI or cgs units, but they are accepted for use with the SI. The bar is legally recognized in countries of the European Union. The bar unit is sometimes deprecated. While the BIPM includes it under the class "Non-SI units accepted for use with the SI", the NIST includes it in the list of units to avoid and recommends to use kilopascals and megapascals instead. Bar is a unit of gauge pressure, i.e., pressure in bars above ambient or atmospheric pressure; see absolute pressure and gauge pressure below.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bar

    bär, n. a rod of any solid substance: a bolt: a hindrance or obstruction—the barrier of a city or street, as the bars of York, Temple Bar, a toll-bar: a bank of sand or other matter at the mouth of a river: any terminus or limit (of life)—e.g. as in To cross the bar: the railing that encloses a space in a tavern, the counter across which drinks are served, a public-house: the wooden rail dividing off the judge's seat, at which prisoners are placed for arraignment or sentence—hence, To appear at the bar, To pass the bar = to be formally referred for trial from a lower court to a higher: any tribunal: the pleaders in a court as distinguished from the judges: a division in music.—v.t. to fasten or secure, as with a bar: to hinder or exclude:—pr.p. bar′ring; pa.p. barred.—ns. Bar′-ī′ron, iron in malleable bars; Bar′maid, a female waiter at the bar of a tavern or hotel.—prep. Bar′ring, excepting, saving.—ns. Bar′ring-out, the shutting of the school-room doors and windows by the pupils against the master, in order to enforce assent to their demands; Bar′wood, a kind of red dye-wood imported from Africa in bars. [O. Fr. barre—Low L. barra, perh. of Celt. origin.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. bar

    1. [very common] The second metasyntactic variable, after foo and before baz. “Suppose we have two functions: FOO and BAR. FOO calls BAR....” 2. Often appended to foo to produce foobar.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. bar

    A submerged or emerged embankment of sand, gravel, or mud created on the sea floor in shallow water by waves and currents. A bar may be composed of mollusk shells.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bar

    A small piece of cast-iron introduced across the middle of each link of the larger chain-cables, where, acting as a strengthener, it prevents collapse, and keeps the links endways to each other.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. bar

    A long piece of wood or iron. Bars have various denominations in the construction of artillery-carriages, as sweep- and cross-bars for tumbrils, fore, hind, and under cross-bars for powder-carts, shaft-bars for wagons, and dowel-bars, used in mortar-beds.

  2. bar

    In heraldry, is one of those important figures or charges known as ordinaries. It is formed by two horizontal lines passing over the shield like the fess, but it differs from it in size,—the fess occupying a third, the bar only a fifth part of the shield. The fess is also confined to the centre, while the bar may be borne in several parts of the shield.

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  1. bar

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Bar

    In old days, when a counter did not obtain, and drinking vessels had to be set down on the benches or barrel ends, a bar separated the frequenters of a tavern from the drawers or tapsters. Similarly, at the Courts of Law the Bar was a rail behind which a barrister or counsel had to plead his client’s cause.


  1. Bar

    a short, straight band of equal width.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BAR

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bar is ranked #24890 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bar surname appeared 999 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Bar.

    74.5% or 745 total occurrences were White.
    8.2% or 82 total occurrences were Black.
    7.6% or 76 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    7.4% or 74 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.6% or 16 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bar' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1416

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bar' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1046

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bar' in Nouns Frequency: #446

Anagrams for bar »

  1. ABR

  2. ARB

  3. bra

  4. rab

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bar in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of bar in a Sentence

  1. Dave Arnold:

    There’s still so much room in exploring new techniques in cocktails, classic cocktails made with standard mixers and the standard back bar are delicious. You don’t need to stray from that. But once you want to get into things you can’t make with classic techniques, that’s when you need to start pulling in newer techniques. This isn’t just for people interested in buying expensive equipment. It’s something that can work in any bar.

  2. Lyndon B. Johnson:

    Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty.

  3. P. J. O'Rourke:

    Skiing consists of wearing 3,000 worth of clothes and equipment and driving 200 miles in the snow in order to stand around at a bar and drink.

  4. Margaret Thatcher:

    Elizabeth Truss and Nadine Dorris walked into a bar, the IQ of the bar was greatly diminished by this.

  5. Trong Young:

    One of the best ways to judge the FB trends in a city is to see what the hotels are doing, recently Anti:dote at Fairmont Hotel and Manhattan Bar at Regent Singapore hotel opened, while Four Seasons hired one of the greatest bartenders in history -- Javier de lad Muelas -- to consult on its beverage and cocktail list at One Ninety bar.

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Translations for bar

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  • خانة, بارArabic
  • бар, адвакату́ра, піўна́яBelarusian
  • ивица, бар, тактова черта, пръчка, адвокатура, препречвам, преграждам, пускам резе, изключвам, отстранявамBulgarian
  • barCzech
  • barDanish
  • Barren, Kneipe, Stück, Strich, Block, Bar, Verbot, Beisl, Sandbank, Takt, Theke, Taktstrich, Balken, Streifen, Tafel, Stange, Tresen, blockieren, versperren, verbietenGerman
  • κομμάτι, πλάκα, διαστολή, πλακίδιο, μπαράκι, ποινικολογία, μπαρ, καπηλειό, ράβδος, δικηγορία, ποτοπωλείο, δικηγόροιGreek
  • malpermeso, bufedo, prohibicio, stango, malpermesi, bloki, bariEsperanto
  • barra, bar, barrarSpanish
  • baarikapp, baarEstonian
  • میله, بارPersian
  • anniskelupaikka, tiski, lakimieskunta, särkkä, kapakka, tanko, pala, palkki, patukka, baarikaappi, rima, harkko, bee, tahti, baari, kielto, tahtiviiva, pylväs, viiva, baaritiski, tukkia, estää, kieltää, teljetä, sulkea, salvataFinnish
  • ølstova, bar, barr, barrskiva, ølklubbiFaroese
  • bar, barre, mesure, comptoir, zinc, bloquer, interdire, barrerFrench
  • urchoiscIrish
  • bàr, gàdScottish Gaelic
  • barrManx
  • באר, סורגHebrew
  • rúd, kocsma, bár, keresztbetesz, útját álljaHungarian
  • բարArmenian
  • prohibition, bar, barra, prohibir, barrarInterlingua
  • pöbb, slá, stöng, bar, ölstofa, taktur, taktstrik, kráIcelandic
  • bar, asticella, barra, bancone, vietareItalian
  • パブ, 居酒屋, バーJapanese
  • ბარიGeorgian
  • 술집, 바Korean
  • forum, oecusLatin
  • bārs, stienis, krogs, bāriņšLatvian
  • aukatiMāori
  • баарMongolian
  • drikkested, bjelke, kneipe, felt, bar, bom, linje, buleNorwegian
  • maat, blok, taveerne, bar, balie, reep, stang, tapkast, advocatuur, baar, verbod, maatstreep, café, orde van advocaten, toog, ban, zandbank, staaf, stuk, versperren, verbieden, vergrendelen, barreren, blokkerenDutch
  • -bar, barNorwegian
  • barPolish
  • barra, bar, proibição, advocacia, balcão, barrar, proibirPortuguese
  • bara, barRomanian
  • стержень, бар, отмель, прут, плитка, такт, стойка, брус, планка, кабак, тактовая черта, пивная, брусок, банкаRussian
  • тозибSerbo-Croatian
  • bary, barSlovak
  • drogSlovene
  • förbud, bar, ribba, stång, krog, advokatsamfund, grund, disk, bank, bom, takt, barskåp, taktstreck, sandbank, pub, spärra, avlysa, regla, utesluta, förbjudaSwedish
  • பாளம்Tamil
  • కడ్డీTelugu
  • bar, meyhane, yasaklamak, sürgülemek, önünü kesmekTurkish
  • пивна́, каба́к, бар, пивни́ця, кна́йпаUkrainian
  • quán rượuVietnamese

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