ETYM Old Eng. barre, French barre, from Late Lat. barra, W. bar the branch of a tree, bar, baren branch, Gael. and Irish barra bar.
1. A rigid piece of metal.
2. A rod of metal used to obstruct openings.
3. (Usually in the plural) Jail.
4. A counter where one can purchase food or drink.
5. A submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore.
6. (Law) A railing that encloses the part of the courtroom where the the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried.
7. A unit of pressure equal to a million dynes per square centimeter.
A unit of pressure equal to 0.99 atmospheres or 14.233 psi.
1. For military personnel (especially in a private home).
2. Aan official order directing that a member of a military force be provided with board and lodging (as in a private home)
3. Quarters assigned by or as if by a billet
4. Position, job
5. A chunky piece of wood (as for firewood)
6. A bar of metal
7. A piece of semifinished iron or steel nearly square in section made by rolling an ingot or bloom
8. A section of nonferrous metal ingot hot-worked by forging, rolling, or extrusion
9. A nonferrous casting suitable for rolling or extrusion
1. A piece of hardware used for fastening; it screws into a nut.
2. The part of a lock that is engaged or withdrawn with a key; SYN. deadbolt.
3. A sudden abandonment (as from a political party).
4. A sliding bar in a breech-loading firearm that ejects an empty cartridge and replaces it and closes the breech.
5. Sifting cloth.
ETYM Cf. Old Eng. bullyon a hook used for fastening the dress, a button, stud, an embossed ornament of various kinds.
1. A mass of precious metal (usually in the form of bars or ingots).
2. Gold or silver in bars or ingots.
3. Gold or silver in the mass, especially uncoined.
Sinonimi: metal bar | block of metal
ETYM Prob. from as. in in + geótan to pour: cf. French linglot, Late Lat. lingotus a mass of gold or silver. Related to Found to cast, and cf. Linget, Lingot, Nugget.
A block of metal that is cast in a particular shape for convenient handling; SYN. metal bar, block of metal.
A crude block of lead or iron poured from a smelting furnace.
Sinonimi: rod cell | retinal rod
ETYM The same word as rood. Related to Rood.
1. A long thin implement made of metal or wood.
2. Any rod-shaped bacterium.
3. Visual receptor cell sensitive to dim light; SYN. rod cell, retinal rod.
A type of light-sensitive cell in the retina of most vertebrates. Rods are highly sensitive and provide only black and white vision. They are used when lighting conditions are poor and are the only type of visual cell found in animals active at night.
ETYM Old Eng. sticke, as. sticca; akin to stician to stab, prick, pierce, German stecken a stick, staff, Old High Germ. steccho, Icel. stik a stick. Related to Stick.
1. A small thin branch of a tree.
2. A length of wood.
3. A lever used by a pilot to control the ailerons and elevators of an airplane; SYN. control stick, joystick.
4. Threat of a penalty.
Sinonimi: shoulder strap
ETYM Old Eng. strope, as. stropp, Latin stroppus, struppus, perhaps from Greek, a band or cord, from trepein to twist, to turn (cf. Strophe). Related to Strop a strap, a piece of rope.
1. A band that goes over the shoulder and supports a garment or bag; SYN. shoulder strap.
2. A loop of leather suspended from the ceiling of bus or train; passengers hold onto it.
3. A strip of leather used in flogging.
4. An elongated piece of leather (or similar material) for binding things together or holding something in position.