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Definition of bar:

  1. A bank of sand, gravel, or other matter, esp. at the mouth of a river or harbor, obstructing navigation.
  2. 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.
  3. A broad shaft, or band, or stripe; as, a bar of light; a bar of color.
  4. A drilling or tamping rod.
  5. A gatehouse of a castle or fortified town.
  6. A grooved pulley or sheave incased in a frame or shell which is provided with a hook, eye, or strap, by which it may be attached to an object. It is used to change the direction of motion, as in raising a heavy object that can not be conveniently reached, and also, when two or more such sheaves are compounded, to change the rate of motion, or to exert increased force; -- used especially in the rigging of ships, and in tackles.
  7. 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.
  8. A slender strip of wood which divides and supports the glass of a window; a sash bar.
  9. A special plea constituting a sufficient answer to plaintiff's action.
  10. A vein or dike crossing a lode.
  11. A vertical line across the staff. Bars divide the staff into spaces which represent measures, and are themselves called measures.
  12. 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.
  13. An ordinary, like a fess but narrower, occupying only one fifth part of the field.
  14. 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.
  15. Any tribunal; as, the bar of public opinion; the bar of God.
  16. Anything which obstructs, hinders, or prevents; an obstruction; a barrier.
  17. 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.
  18. The place in court where prisoners are stationed for arraignment, trial, or sentence.
  19. 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.
  20. The space between the tusks and grinders in the upper jaw of a horse, in which the bit is placed.
  21. The whole body of lawyers licensed in a court or district; the legal profession.
  22. To cross with one or more stripes or lines.
  23. To except; to exclude by exception.
  24. To fasten with a bar; as, to bar a door or gate.
  25. 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.


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