barrier meaning

[ 'bæriə ] Pronunciation:   "barrier" in a sentence
Noun: barrier  bareeu(r)
  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"
    - roadblock 
  3. Anything serving to maintain separation by obstructing vision or access

Derived forms: barriers

Type of: impediment, impedimenta, mechanism, obstacle, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor

Encyclopedia: Barrier


Same as barricade.


According to the Architectural Barriers Act, any obstacle to the accessibility of a building by disabled people.

noun [C]



a problem, rule or situation that prevents sb from doing sth, or that makes sth impossible:

The policy protected farmers by setting up barriers against imports.

The company denied that there are any artificial barriers to promotion.


something that exists between one thing or person and another and keeps them separate:

We need to remove unnecessary barriers between management and the workforce.

A coordinated series of obstacles designed or employed to channel, direct, restrict, delay, or stop the movement of an opposing force and to impose additional losses in personnel, time, and equipment on the opposing force.
Barriers can exist naturally, be man-made, or a combination of both.
(JP 3-15)

1. The carrier-free space-charge region in a semiconductor pn junction.
2. An insulating partition placed between two conductors or terminals to lengthen the dielectric path.


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  1. the crowds were pressing against the barriers.
  2. the cell surface barrier had been broached.
  3. the trouble started at the ticket barrier.
  4. the crowd linked arms to form a barrier.
  5. what a coil, and what a barrier!

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