• (RP) IPA: /ˈbæɹəl/, [ˈbæɹəɫ]
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈbæɹəl/, [ˈbæɹəɫ], /ˈbɛɚɹəl/, [ˈbɛɚɹəɫ]

barrel (plural barrels)

  1. (countable) A round vessel or cask, of greater length than breadth, and bulging in the middle, made of staves bound with hoops, and having flat ends or heads. Sometimes applied to a similar cylindrical container made of metal, usually called a drum.
    a cracker barrel
  2. The quantity which constitutes a full barrel: the volume or weight this represents varies by local law and custom.
  3. A solid drum, or a hollow cylinder or case
    the barrel of a windlass;  the barrel of a watch, within which the spring is coiled.
  4. A metallic tube, as of a gun, from which a projectile is discharged.
  5. (archaic) A tube.
  6. (zoology) The hollow basal part of a feather.
  7. (music) The part of a clarinet which connects the mouthpiece and upper joint, and looks rather like a barrel (1).
  8. (surfing) A wave that breaks with a hollow compartment.
  9. (US, specifically New England) A waste receptacle.
    Throw it into the trash barrel.
  10. The ribs and belly of a horse or pony.
  11. (obsolete) A jar.
    • Bible, 1 Kings 17:12, King James Version:
      And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: […]
      compare the New International Version:
      "As surely as the LORD your God lives," she replied, "I don't have any bread--only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. […]
  12. (biology) Any of the dark-staining regions in the somatosensory cortex of rodents, etc., where somatosensory inputs from the contralateral side of the body come in from the thalamus.
  13. (This is a hot sense, kept provisionally) (baseball) A statistic derived from launch angle and exit velocity of a ball hit in play.
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barrel (barrels, present participle barrelling; past and past participle barrelled)

  1. (transitive) To put or to pack in a barrel or barrels.
  2. (intransitive) To move quickly or in an uncontrolled manner.
    He came barrelling around the corner and I almost hit him.
    • Snow shattered and spilled down the slope. Within seconds, the avalanche was the size of more than a thousand cars barreling down the mountain and weighed millions of pounds.
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