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Meaning of BARRIER

Pronunciation:  'bareeur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a structure or object that impedes free movement
  2. [n]  any condition that makes it difficult to make progress or to achieve an objective; "intolerance is a barrier to understanding"
  3. [n]  anything serving to maintain separation by obstructing vision or access

BARRIER is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: roadblock
 See Also: balusters, balustrade, banister, bannister, bar, barricade, blood-brain barrier, breakwater, bulwark, bulwarks, crash barrier, curtain, dam, dike, dyke, fence, fencing, fender, grate, grating, groin, groyne, handrail, hurdle, ideological barrier, impediment, impedimenta, jetty, language barrier, levee, mechanism, mole, movable barrier, obstacle, obstructer, obstruction, obstruction, obstructor, rail, railing, revetment, roadblock, seawall, starting gate, starting stalls, wing



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Bar"ri*er\, n. [OE. barrere, barere, F. barri[`e]re,
fr. barre bar. See {Bar}, n.]
1. (Fort.) A carpentry obstruction, stockade, or other
   obstacle made in a passage in order to stop an enemy.

2. A fortress or fortified town, on the frontier of a
   country, commanding an avenue of approach.

3. pl. A fence or railing to mark the limits of a place, or
   to keep back a crowd.

         No sooner were the barriers opened, than he paced
         into the lists.                       --Sir W.

4. An any obstruction; anything which hinders approach or
   attack. ``Constitutional barriers.'' --Hopkinson.

5. Any limit or boundary; a line of separation.

         'Twixt that [instinct] and reason, what a nice
         barrier !                             --Pope.

{Barrier gate}, a heavy gate to close the opening through a

{Barrier reef}, a form of coral reef which runs in the
   general direction of the shore, and incloses a lagoon
   channel more or less extensive.

{To fight at barriers}, to fight with a barrier between, as a
   martial exercise. [Obs.]

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of a barrier represents an obstacle to emotional growth. You may feel hindered in fully expressing yourself. The dream may also indicate your resistance to change.
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