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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun bar:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb bar:


Bar is sometimes a misspelling of bear, dark or date.

The word bar is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun bar

What does bar mean as a name of something?

Bar is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: bars

  1. a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter
  2. a counter where you can obtain food or drink
    • example: he bought a hot dog and a coke at the bar
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: counter = table consisting of a horizontal surface over which business is transacted
    • more specific terms:
      • cash bar = a counter at a large party where you can purchase drinks by the glass
      • oyster bar = a bar (as in a restaurant) that specializes in oysters prepared in different ways
      • salad bar = a bar where diners can assemble a salad to their own taste
      • snack counter / snack bar / buffet = usually inexpensive bar
      • soda fountain = a counter where ice cream and sodas and sundaes are prepared and served
      • sushi bar = a bar where sushi is served
      • wet bar = a bar for mixing drinks that has a sink with running water
      • wine bar = a bar that serves only wine
  3. a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon
    • example: there were bars in the windows to prevent escape
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: implement = instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
    • more specific terms:
      • belaying pin = a wood or metal bar to which a rope can be secured
      • deadbolt / bolt = the part of a lock that is engaged or withdrawn with a key
      • bolt = a sliding bar in a breech-loading firearm that ejects an empty cartridge and replaces it and closes the breech
      • carpenter's level = a straight bar of light metal with a spirit level in it
      • chinning bar = a horizontal bar on which you can chin yourself
      • core = a bar of magnetic material (as soft iron) that passes through a coil and serves to increase the inductance of the coil
      • crossbar = a horizontal bar that goes across something
      • drawbar = a strong metal bar bearing a hook to attach something to be pulled
      • fret = a small bar of metal across the fingerboard of a musical instrument
      • grab bar = a bar attached parallel to a wall to provide a handgrip for steadying yourself
      • handlebar = the shaped bar used to steer a bicycle
      • handspike = a metal bar (or length of pipe) used as a lever
      • heaver = a bar used as a lever
      • lever = a rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum
      • rail = a horizontal bar
      • rotor = the revolving bar of a distributor
      • shackle = a U-shaped bar
      • slice bar = iron bar used to loosen and rake clinkers out of furnaces
      • stabilizer bar / anti-sway bar = a rigid metal bar between the front suspensions and between the rear suspensions of cars and trucks
      • towel rail / towel bar = a horizontal bar a few inches from a wall for holding towels
      • runway / rails / track / rail = a bar or pair of parallel bars of rolled steel making the railway along which railroad cars or other vehicles can roll
  4. musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats
    • example: the orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of bar: measure
    • more generic term: musical notation = notation used by musicians
  5. an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal
    • example: it was an excellent kick but the ball hit the bar
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: impediment / impedimenta / obstructer / obstruction / obstructor = any structure that makes progress difficult
    • part of: goal = game equipment consisting of the place toward which players of a game try to advance a ball or puck in order to score points
  6. the act of preventing
  7. (meteorology) a unit of pressure equal to a million dynes per square centimeter
    • example: unfortunately some writers have used bar for one dyne per square centimeter
    • domain: meteorology
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic term: pressure unit = a unit measuring force per unit area
    • parts:
      • millibar = a unit of atmospheric pressure equal to one thousandth of a bar
      • bar absolute / microbar / barye = the absolute unit of pressure equal to one dyne per square centimeter
  8. a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore
    • example: the boat ran aground on a submerged bar in the river
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • more generic words: barrier = anything serving to maintain separation by obstructing vision or access; ridge = a long narrow natural elevation or striation
    • more specific terms: sand bar / sandbar = a bar of sand
  9. the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction
  10. a narrow marking of a different color or texture from the background
    • example: a green toad with small black stripes or bars
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of bar: streak / stripe
    • more generic word: marking = a pattern of marks
    • more specific words: striation / banding / stria / band = a stripe or stripes of contrasting color
  11. a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax)
    • example: a bar of chocolate
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of bar: cake
    • more generic word: block = a solid piece of something
    • more specific word: tablet = a small flat compressed cake of some substance
  12. a portable .30 caliber automatic rifle operated by gas pressure and fed by cartridges from a magazine; used by United States troops in World War I and in World War II and in the Korean War
  13. a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: support = any device that bears the weight of another thing
    • part of: high bar / horizontal bar = gymnastic apparatus consisting of a bar supported in a horizontal position by uprights at both ends; bars / parallel bars = gymnastic apparatus consisting of two parallel wooden rods supported on uprights
  14. a heating element in an electric fire
  15. (law) a railing that encloses the part of the courtroom where the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried
    • example: spectators were not allowed past the bar
    • domain: jurisprudence / law
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: rail / railing = a barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports
    • part of: court / courtroom = a room in which a lawcourt sits

Alternative definition of the noun bar


  1. A solid, more or less rigid object with a uniform cross-section smaller than its length.
  2. [metallurgy] A solid metal object with uniform (round, square, hexagonal, octagonal or rectangular) cross-section; in the US its smallest dimension is .25 inch or greater (US), a piece of thinner material being called a strip.
  3. A cuboid piece of any solid commodity.
  4. A long, narrow drawn or printed rectangle, cuboid or cylinder, especially as used in a bar code or a bar chart.
  5. A diacritical mark that consists of a line drawn through a grapheme. (For example, turning 'A' into 'Ⱥ'.)
  6. A business licensed to sell intoxicating beverages for consumption on the premises, or the premises themselves; public house.
  7. The counter of such a premises.
  8. A similar device or simply a closet containing alcoholic beverages in a private house or a hotel room.
  9. An official order or pronouncement that prohibits some activity.
  10. [computing, whimsical, derived from fubar] A metasyntactic variable representing an unspecified entity, often the second in a series, following foo.
  11. [UK, legal] The railing surrounding the part of a courtroom in which the judges, lawyers, defendants and witnesses stay
  12. [legal, "the Bar"] Short for the Bar exam, the legal licensing exam.
  13. [legal, "the Bar"] A collective term for lawyers; specifically barristers in some countries but including all lawyers in others.
  14. [legal, loosely, "the Bar"] The legal profession of lawyers; specifically barristers in some countries but including all lawyers in others.
  15. [music] A vertical line across a musical staff dividing written music into sections, typically of equal durational value.
  16. [music] One of those musical sections.
  17. [sports] A horizontal pole that must be crossed in high jump and pole vault
  18. [soccer] The crossbar
  19. [backgammon] The central divider between the inner and outer table of a backgammon board, where stones are placed if they are hit.
  20. An addition to a military medal, on account of a subsequent act
  21. A linear shoaling landform feature within a body of water.
  22. [nautical] A ridge or succession of ridges of sand or other substance, especially a formation extending across the mouth of a river or harbor or off a beach, and which may obstruct navigation. (FM 55-501).
  23. [heraldiccharge] One of the ordinaries in heraldry; a fess.
  24. A generic unit of measure of signal strength for a wireless device such as a cell phone.
  25. A unit of pressure equal to 100,000 pascals.

Specialised definition of the noun bar

Glossary of sports

in the goal of ball games, the cross-beam of the goal (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / athletics

the 4m-long crossbar which an athlete must clear in the high jump (4.5m in the pole vault) (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / athletics / high jump

the object that is to be cleared by the athlete

Glossary of sports / athletics / pole vault

the object that is to be cleared by the athlete

Glossary of sports / weightlifting

the weightlifting bar with attached disc weights and collars (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

short for barbell

Definition of the verb bar

What does bar mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: barred, barring

  1. prevent from entering; keep out
  2. render unsuitable for passage
  3. expel, as if by official decree
  4. secure with, or as if with, bars
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • antonym: unbar
    • more generic words: fasten / fix / secure = cause to be firmly attached

Other definitions of bar

What does bar also mean?


  1. Except, with the exception of.


  1. Bar: IPAc-en|audio=En-us-Bar.
  2. Bar: A bar in a river is an elevated region of sediment that has been deposited by the flow. Types of bars include mid-channel bars, point bars, and mouth bars. Bars are typically found in the slowest moving, shallowest parts of rivers and streams, and are often parallel to the shore and occupy the area farthest from the thalweg.
  3. The Bar is a river in the Ardennes department, northern France, left tributary of the river Meuse. Its source is near Buzancy, in the southern part of the Ardennes department. It flows through Brieulles-sur-Bar, Tannay, Chémery-sur-Bar and Cheveuges. It flows into the Meuse in Vrigne-Meuse, west of Sedan. For much of its length the river flows parallel to the Canal des Ardennes.
    • also known as 巴爾河
  4. Bar a.k.a. Bár is a village in Baranya county, Hungary.

There are other places with in their name, like BAR 7, X-BAR, Ab Bar, Bar'am, Big Bar, Old Bar, Sky Bar, Back Bar, Bar Hill, Bar Lake, Bar None, Bar Nunn, Bell Bar, Gold bar, Milk bar, Rips Bar, Side Bar, side-bar, Stud Bar.


Who is Bar?

Bar a.k.a. Barbara Bush: Barbara Pierce Bush is the wife of the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, and served as First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993. She is the mother of the 43rd President, George W. Bush and of the 43rd Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush. Previously she had served as Second Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989.


Bar a.k.a. The Bar-Kays are an American soul, R&B, and funk group formed in 1966. The group had dozens of charting singles from the 1960s to the 1980s, including "Soul Finger" in 1967, "Son of Shaft" in 1972, and "Boogie Body Land" in 1980.


BAR was a make of automobile produced by British American Racing.


Bar is a fictional character from 1963 film Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors.


"Bar" is a musical album of Derozer.

  • released in (21 years ago)


"Bar" a.k.a. "Bär" is a short film, directed by Pascal Floerks.

  • also known as Bear
  • country: Germany
  • language: German Language
  • genres: Documentary film, Animation, War film, Biographical film
  • released in


  1. Bar a.k.a. Bavarian Language: Bavarian, is a major group of Upper German varieties spoken in the southeast of the German language area, largely covered by Bavaria and Austria.
    • also known as Ost-oberdeutsch, Bavarian-austrian, Bavarian Austrian, Bayerisch, Bairisch, Bavarian
  2. Bar: A bar or stroke is a modification consisting of a line drawn through a grapheme. It may be used as a diacritic to derive new letters from old ones, or simply as an addition to make a grapheme more distinct from others. It can take the form of a vertical bar, slash, or crossbar.
    • also known as 刪節線
  3. Bar is a form of folk dance of Eastern Turkey. The word bar is from the Armenian word "Պար" which means dance. With their structure and formation, they are the dances performed by groups in the open. They are spread, in general, all over the region of Eastern Anatolia, especially in Erzurum, Artvin, Bayburt, Ağrı, Kars, and Erzincan provinces. The characteristic of their formation is that they are performed side-by-side, hand, shoulder and arm-in-arm. Woman and man bars are different from one another. The principal instruments of bar dances are davul and zurna. The dominant measures in bars are 5/8 and 9/8. Occasionally measures of 6/8 and 12/8 are also used. Aksak 9/8 measures which are the most characteristic measures, in particular, of the Turkish folk music are applied with extremely different and interesting structures in this dance.
  4. Bar is the local season of the reality The Bar in Poland. The show was aired on Polsat and TV4. Was, like its precursor, Big Brother, as many supporters as opponents. By the year 2004 held five Polish edition of the program. In the year 2005 completed the next edition - Bar Europa, which proved to be the least popular among all six versions.
  5. Bar is the local season of the reality The Bar in Slovenia. The show was aired in 2005 and 2006 with 2 seasons in total. POP TV is the channel was aired.
  6. Bar: In heraldry, a bar is an ordinary consisting of a horizontal band across the shield. If only one bar appears across the middle of the shield, it is termed a fess; if two or more appear, they can only be called bars. Calling the bar a diminutive of the fess is inaccurate, however, because two bars may each be no smaller than a fess. Like the fess, bars too may bear complex lines. The diminutive form of the bar is the barrulet, though these frequently appear in pairs, the pair termed a "bar gemel" rather than "two barrulets".
  7. Bar a.k.a. Anuak Language: Anuak or Anywa is a Nilotic language of the Nilo-Saharan language family. It is spoken primarily in the Western part of Ethiopia by the Anuak. Other names for this language include: Anyuak, Anywa, Yambo, Jambo, Yembo, Bar, Burjin, Miroy, Moojanga, Nuro. Anuak, Päri, and Jur-Luwo comprise a dialect cluster. The most thorough description of the Anuak language is Reh Anywa Language: Description and Internal Reconstructions, which also includes glossed texts.
  8. Bar a.k.a. Valdôtain dialect: Valdôtain is the dialect of the Arpitan language spoken in the Aosta Valley autonomous region of Italy. Although it is the dialect that has been most resistant to French, in recent years it has been losing speakers to Italian and French.
    • also known as Valdôtain
  9. The bar of a mature tropical cyclone is a very dark gray-black layer of cloud appearing near the horizon as seen from an observer preceding the approach of the storm, and is composed of dense stratocumulus clouds. Cumulus and cumulonimbus clouds bearing precipitation follow immediately after the passage of the wall-like bar. Altostratus, cirrostratus and cirrus clouds are usually visible in ascending order above the top of the bar, while the wind direction for an observer facing toward the bar is typically from the left and slightly behind the observer.
  10. Bar is the local season of the reality The Bar in Croatia. The show was started in 2 August 2005 and finished on 1 October 2005, with a duration of 61 days. Nova is the channel was aired. The presenter is Marin Ivanović, "Stoka".
  11. bar is a gene.
  12. Bar a.k.a. Bár is the local season of the reality The Bar in Hungary. The show was aired in 2000 and 2008 with 2 seasons in total. Viasat 3 is the channel was aired. In season 1 the presenter is Péter Novák, in season 2 the presenters are Lia and Majka.
  13. Bar is the local season of the reality The Bar in Czech Republic. The show was started in 9 July 2006 and finished on 2 September 2006, with a duration of 56 days. TV Prima is the channel was aired. The presenters are Libor Bouček & Laďka Něrgešová.
  14. Bar a.k.a. .bar is a proposed domain name string to ICANN's New gTLD Program. This string, applied for by two applicants as a generic application, was deemed a Geographic TLD by ICANN's Geographic Names Panel, referring to a commune of Bar in Montenegro. Geo TLDs must have government support in order to pass evaluation and proceed towards delegation. The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 27 February 2014.
  15. Bar is a 2013 Telly Award winning ad, created by Opperman Weiss for Dewar's.
    • award: - Telly Award for Regional TV & Multi-Market Cable Commercial - Music/Jingle, received by Duotone Audio Group
  16. The Bar is a popular electronics form, where the device is a rigid cuboid. It is so-named because it resembles a candy bar or slab in size and shape. This form factor is widely used by manufacturers such as Nokia and Sony Ericsson.
    • also known as Candybar
  17. Bar a.k.a. adrenergic, beta-2-, receptor, surface is a gene.
    • also known as beta-2 adrenoceptor, catecholamine receptor, beta-2 adrenergic receptor

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Bar

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Google previewOnce Over the Shoulder (2002)

by Alex W. Bussiy

The bar is the perfect world.

The bar is a secret chapel, dedicated to communication: total understanding.

The bar is a place of soothing calm, seducing the senses from the moment of entry; the secret sign to the bartender, money on the ...

Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting and Running a Bar (2008)

by Steven Johns, Carey Rossi

Whether your dream bar is a comfortable neighborhood pub or a nightclub teaming with entertainment, this is a step-by-step guide to realizing your dream business.

Google previewTo Scale (2012)

One Hundred Urban Plans by Eric Jenkins

Temple Bar is a vibrant district between the River Liffey, to the north, and Dame Street, to the south. Its western edge is Parliament Street and the Bank of Ireland and Trinity College, with its expansive Parliament Square, to the east. The area ...

Google previewA Dime a Day (2006)

The Possibilities and Limits of Private Schooling in Pakistan by Tahir Raza Shah Andrabi, Jishnu Das, Asim Ijaz Khwaja

The difference between the first and the third bar is the difference in salaries arising from differential returns in the two sectors; the difference between the second and the third bar is the difference due to characteristics. There is a dramatic ...

Google preview21st Century Bars (2010)

by Andrew Hall

The Martini Bar is a small, dark space discreetly nestled behind fabric-lined paddle doors. The polished black-granite bar front continues onto the floor then folds up the opposite wall. An internally lit, wiggly glass bench with acrylic stools ...

Google previewConsciousness and the Self (2012)

New Essays by JeeLoo Liu, John Perry

The sushi bar is a short cab ride away, the saba is delicious, an agreeable time is assured, and so on. If the Indian restaurant turns out to be closed, that is no cause to investigate other alternatives: going home and heating up some leftovers, ...

Google previewGetting Connected (1986)

Introduction to Terminals and Microcomputers

A horizontal scroll bar is a rectangle along the bottom edge of the window, with arrow boxes at either end, which allows you to move the window's contents left and right. A vertical scroll bar is a rectangular column along the right-hand edge of ...

Google previewPlasticity and Morphology of the Central Nervous System (2012)

by C.L. Cazzullo, Gianni Conte, G. Invernizzi, A. Vita

Figure 1: Bar graph of average Z-scores for relative power in the beta band in the bipolar temporal derivation (TAT6). The left bar is the average of the normal population (n=120).

Google previewAn Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (2007)

by John Oswald

BAR ('13, Heb.) ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

by Robert Ireland

A bar and sleeve attachment for providing additional retention of a removable partial denture (*prosthesis) or * overdenture. The sleeve may be ovoid, or pear, or Ushaped, and is usually attached to the ...

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Quotes about Bar

That room was not available, and the only other room had been booked for a Jewish bar mitzvah. I called the father and told him I needed the room and I would pay him to move the bar mitzvah to an adjoining room which was smaller. (Lew Wasserman)
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Scrabble value of B3A1R1

The value of this 3-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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