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Meaning of BARB

Pronunciation:  bârb

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  one of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather
  2. [n]  a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove
  3. [n]  the pointed part of barbed wire
  4. [n]  an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect; "his parting shot was `drop dead'"; "she threw shafts of sarcasm"; "she takes a dig at me every chance she gets"
  5. [v]  provide with barbs, as of fences, for example; "barbed wire"
  6. [v]  provide with barbs; "barbed wire"

BARB is a 4 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: dig, gibe, jibe, shaft, shot, slam
 See Also: alter, alter, arrowhead, barbed wire, change, change, comment, fibril, filament, fluke, hook, lance, point, remark, shaft, spear, strand, vane, web



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Barb\, n. [F. barbe, fr. L. barba beard. See {Beard}, n.]
    1. Beard, or that which resembles it, or grows in the place
       of it.
             The barbel, so called by reason of his barbs, or
             wattles in his mouth.                 --Walton.
    2. A muffler, worn by nuns and mourners. [Obs.]
    3. pl. Paps, or little projections, of the mucous membrane,
       which mark the opening of the submaxillary glands under
       the tongue in horses and cattle. The name is mostly
       applied when the barbs are inflamed and swollen. [Written
       also {barbel} and {barble}.]
    4. The point that stands backward in an arrow, fishhook,
       etc., to prevent it from being easily extracted. Hence:
       Anything which stands out with a sharp point obliquely or
       crosswise to something else. ``Having two barbs or
       points.'' --Ascham.
    5. A bit for a horse. [Obs.] --Spenser.
    6. (Zo["o]l.) One of the side branches of a feather, which
       collectively constitute the vane. See {Feather}.
    7. (Zo["o]l.) A southern name for the kingfishes of the
       eastern and southeastern coasts of the United States; --
       also improperly called {whiting}.
    8. (Bot.) A hair or bristle ending in a double hook.
  2. \Barb\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Barbed} (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To shave or dress the beard of. [Obs.]
    2. To clip; to mow. [Obs.] --Marston.
    3. To furnish with barbs, or with that which will hold or
       hurt like barbs, as an arrow, fishhook, spear, etc.
             But rattling storm of arrows barbed with fire.
  3. \Barb\, n. [F. barbe, fr. Barbarie.]
    1. The Barbary horse, a superior breed introduced from
       Barbary into Spain by the Moors.
    2. (Zo["o]l.) A blackish or dun variety of the pigeon,
       originally brought from Barbary.
  4. \Barb\, n. [Corrupted fr. bard.]
    Armor for a horse. Same as 2d {Bard}, n., 1.
 Definition: a sharp backwards extension of a projectile point intended to act as a hook to keep the point within a wound.
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