barriers

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Barrier \Bar"ri*er\, noun [OE. barrere, barere, F. barri['e]re, fr. barre bar. See {Bar}, noun]

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. Scott.

4. 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.

{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.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

barrier

noun

1: a structure or object that impedes free movement

2: any condition that makes it difficult to make progress or to achieve an objective; "intolerance is a barrier to understanding" [syn: {barrier}, {roadblock}]

3: anything serving to maintain separation by obstructing vision or access


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