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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barnnoun

    an outlying farm building for storing grain or animal feed and housing farm animals

  2. barn, bnoun

    (physics) a unit of nuclear cross section; the effective circular area that one particle presents to another as a target for an encounter

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Barnnoun

    A place or house for laying up any sort of grain, hay, or straw, &c.

    Etymology: bern, Sax.

    In vain the barns expect their promis’d load,
    Nor barns at home, nor reeks are heap’d abroad. Dryden.

    I took notice of the make of several barns here: after having laid a frame of wood, they place, at the four corners of it, four blocks, in such a shape as neither mice nor vermin can creep up. Joseph Addison, on Italy.


  1. barn

    A barn is a large agricultural building typically used for storing farm products or housing livestock, such as cattle or horses. It may also be used for storing farming equipment or fodder. Barns are commonly found on farms and ranches.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Barnnoun

    a covered building used chiefly for storing grain, hay, and other productions of a farm. In the United States a part of the barn is often used for stables

  2. Barnverb

    to lay up in a barn

  3. Barnnoun

    a child. [Obs.] See Bairn


  1. Barn

    A barn is an agricultural building primarily located on farms and used for many purposes, notably for the housing of livestock and storage of crops. In addition, barns may be used for equipment storage, as a covered workplace, such as threshing. The word barn is also used to describe buildings used for uses such as a tobacco barn or dairy barn. An archaic word for one type of barn meant for keeping cattle was byre.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Barn

    bärn, n. a building in which grain, hay, &c. are stored.—v.t. to store in a barn.—ns. and adjs. Barn′-door, Barn′-yard, as in barn-yard fowl.—n. Barn′-owl, the commonest of British owls.—Barn-door, in cricket, used of a player who blocks every ball: humorously, any large target. [A.S. bere-ern, contracted bern, from bere, barley, ern, a house.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. barn

    [uncommon; prob. from the nuclear military] An unexpectedly large quantity of something: a unit of measurement. “Why is /var/adm taking up so much space?” “The logs have grown to several barns.” The source of this is clear: when physicists were first studying nuclear interactions, the probability was thought to be proportional to the cross-sectional area of the nucleus (this probability is still called the cross-section). Upon experimenting, they discovered the interactions were far more probable than expected; the nuclei were “as big as a barn”. The units for cross-sections were christened Barns, (10-24 cm2) and the book containing cross-sections has a picture of a barn on the cover.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BARN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Barn is ranked #91625 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Barn surname appeared 201 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Barn.

    47.7% or 96 total occurrences were White.
    25.3% or 51 total occurrences were Asian.
    20.4% or 41 total occurrences were Black.
    3.4% or 7 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'barn' in Nouns Frequency: #2221

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of barn in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of barn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of barn in a Sentence

  1. Todd Chrisley:

    It’s too late to close the door, once the horse is out of the barn it’s too late to put it back in. I think for us to start trying to become more reserved would be a disservice to the network, to our family, friends, our reputation and it’s certainly a disservice to the fan base that follows us.

  2. Johnny Carson:

    I was so naive as a kid I used to sneak behind the barn and do nothing.

  3. Craig Rogers:

    But in this case the patient already had widely metastatic cancer, so the horse was out of the barn— it had already spread. It was a moot point.

  4. Mary Lavorando:

    It seems like more people have been picking up applications, but it can take eight or nine weeks for approval. So it’s kind of like locking the barn door after the horse is out.

  5. David Jaindl:

    We pride ourselves on animal welfare within our operation and are proud of our human treatment of animals, these pictures and videos are misleading. These people broke in in the middle of the night with flashlights on their head. The turkeys are naturally attracted to the light and gather around them. So now, it looks like the barn is a lot more crowded than it really is.

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