barring barring  /ˈbɑ rɪŋ/


  1. (n) the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto
  2. (n) a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter
  3. (n) a counter where you can obtain food or drink
  4. (n) a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon
  5. (n) musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats
  6. (n) an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal
  7. (n) the act of preventing
  8. (n) (meteorology) a unit of pressure equal to a million dynes per square centimeter
  9. (n) a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore
  10. (n) the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction
  11. (n) a narrow marking of a different color or texture from the background
  12. (n) a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax)
  13. (n) 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
  14. (n) a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises
  15. (n) a heating element in an electric fire
  16. (n) (law) a railing that encloses the part of the courtroom where the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried
  17. (v) prevent from entering; keep out
  18. (v) render unsuitable for passage
  19. (v) expel, as if by official decree
  20. (v) secure with, or as if with, bars


  1. As supervisor, Milk sponsored only two laws predictably, one barring anti-gay discrimination, and, less so, a law forcing dog owners to clean pets' messes from sidewalks.
  2. But in Britain, the Thatcher government quickly won a court order barring the press from even discussing Wright's disclosures.
  3. Unconvinced, some irate citizens are barring their children from local playgrounds, covering up their pools and beehives and, in some cases, moving out of their houses to motels.


  1. Indians-Orioles Preview

    Barring a trade, the Baltimore Orioles will attempt to make the playoffs for a second consecutive season without a true ace at the top of their rotation.
    on June 27, 2013     Source: The Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports

  2. Texas to execute woman: Kimberly McCarthy will be 500th inmate executed in state

    (CNN) — Barring a last-minute reprieve, Kimberly McCarthy will earn a notorious distinction in death Wednesday. McCarthy, 52, is set...
    on June 27, 2013     Source: FOX 31 Denver

  3. Texas' 500th execution: 'Keep the faith'

    Barring a last-minute reprieve, Kimberly McCarthy will earn a notorious distinction in death Wednesday.
    on June 27, 2013     Source: CNN


  1. In the joint statement, Reid and Durbin said Burris would "be accorded all the rights and privileges of a Senator-elect," adding that "barring objections from Senate Republicans, we expect Senator-designee Burris to be sworn in and formally...
    on Jan 12, 2009 By: Dick Durbin Source: CNN

  2. "I'm feeling good," said Utley, whose right hip was operated on Nov. 24. "I don't see any reason why I won't be ready for the start of the season barring any setbacks."
    on Dec 15, 2008 By: Chase Utley Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "We've won this Tour de France - barring a freak accident tomorrow," Leipheimer said of his team. "I am obviously very happy for Alberto."
    on Jul 28, 2007 By: Levi Leipheimer Source: Forbes

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subordinate subordinate
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