Definitions for: Barrel

[n] a cylindrical container that holds liquids
[n] a tube through which a bullet travels when a gun is fired
[n] any of various units of capacity; "a barrel of beer is 31 gallons and a barrel of oil is 42 gallons"
[n] the quantity that a barrel (of any size) will hold
[n] a bulging cylindrical shape; hollow with flat ends
[v] put in barrels

Webster (1913) Definition: Bar"rel (b[a^]r"r[e^]l), n.[OE. barel, F. baril, prob.
fr. barre bar. Cf. Barricade.]
1. A round vessel or cask, of greater length than breadth,
and bulging in the middle, made of staves bound with
hoops, and having flat ends or heads.

2. The quantity which constitutes a full barrel. This varies
for different articles and also in different places for
the same article, being regulated by custom or by law. A
barrel of wine is 311/2 gallons; a barrel of flour is 196

3. A solid drum, or a hollow cylinder or case; as, the barrel
of a windlass; the barrel of a watch, within which the
spring is coiled.

4. A metallic tube, as of a gun, from which a projectile is
discharged. --Knight.

5. A jar. [Obs.] --1 Kings xvii. 12.

6. (Zo["o]l.) The hollow basal part of a feather.

Barrel bulk (Com.), a measure equal to five cubic feet,
used in estimating capacity, as of a vessel for freight.

Barrel drain (Arch.), a drain in the form of a cylindrical

Barrel of a boiler, the cylindrical part of a boiler,
containing the flues.

Barrel of the ear (Anat.), the tympanum, or tympanic

Barrel organ, an instrument for producing music by the
action of a revolving cylinder.

Barrel vault. See under Vault.

Bar"rel (b[a^]r"r[e^]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Barreled
(-r[e^]ld), or Barrelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Barreling, or
To put or to pack in a barrel or barrels.

Synonyms: barrelful, bbl, cask, drum, gun barrel

See Also: beer barrel, beer keg, breech, British capacity unit, bung, butt, congius, containerful, cylinder, gal, gallon, gun, hogshead, hogshead, hoop, Imperial capacity unit, Imperial gallon, keg, lag, lay, pickle barrel, place, pose, position, put, rear of barrel, rear of tube, ring, set, shook, spigot, spile, stave, tap, tube, tubing, tun, United States liquid unit, vessel, wine barrel, wine cask

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