barrel meaning

[ 'bærəl ] Pronunciation:   "barrel" in a sentence
  • Noun: barrel  barul
    1. A tube through which a bullet travels when a gun is fired
      - gun barrel 
    2. A cylindrical container that holds liquids
      - cask 
    3. A bulging cylindrical shape; hollow with flat ends
      - drum 
    4. The quantity that a barrel (of any size) will hold
      - barrelful 
    5. Any of various units of capacity
      "a barrel of beer is 31 gallons and a barrel of oil is 42 gallons"
      - bbl
    Verb: barrel (barrelled,barrelling, or [US] barreled,barreling)  barul
    1. Put in barrels

    Derived forms: barrels, barreling, barrelled, barrelling

    Type of: British capacity unit, containerful, cylinder, Imperial capacity unit, lay, place, pose, position, put, set, tube, tubing, United States liquid unit, vessel

    Part of: gun, hogshead

    Encyclopedia: Barrel

  • [American slang]
    in. to go fast; to speed while driving.
    • He was barreling along at about ninety.
    • She barreled out of here like a bat out of hell.

  • [Architecture]

    A weight measure for portland cement in the US, corresponding to 376 pounds net; this measure is now obsolete.

    2. (US)

    A vessel which holds 311/2 gal of liquid.


    That portion of a pipe having a constant bore and wall thickness.

  • [Business]
    noun [C]



    a large, round container, usually made of wood or metal, with flat ends and, usually, curved sides; the amount that such a container holds


    a unit of measurement in the oil industry equal to between 120 and 159 litres:

    Oil prices rose to $60 a barrel.

    The forecast for global oil demand is 76 m barrels a day.


    a unit of measurement used in the beer-making (brewing) industry equal to about 164 litres

  • [Oil and gas]
    Barrel (bbl), a standard measure for oil and oil products. One barrel = 35 imperial gallons, 42 US gallons, or 159 litres.


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  1. he sat on a barrel to eat and think.
  2. political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
  3. at one end of the barrel there was some radium.
  4. he drew off a pint of beer from the barrel.
  5. ben walked past the big barrels on the floor.

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