wire with razor-sharp edges or projections, placed in coils as a barrier along the tops of fences or walls, as at a prison.
- Barbed tributary
a tributary that joins its mainstream in an upstream direction rather than in the more common downstream direction.
- Barbed wire
a wire or strand of wires having small pieces of sharply pointed wire twisted around it at short intervals, used chiefly for fencing in livestock, keeping out trespassers, etc. Contemporary Examples This infrastructure will include a ten-foot-high, gray concrete wall, topped with barbed wire, which will ring the dormitories. This Cairo College Campus Is Now […]
an apparatus used in weight-lifting, consisting of a bar with replaceable, disk-shaped weights fastened to the ends. Contemporary Examples Naomi then steadied herself in a wide leg stance in front of the barbell, propped at chest-height on a metal stand. Sandy Koufax 2.0 Zachary Fenster July 10, 2012 Historical Examples And the voice near his […]
a shrub of the genus Berberis, especially B. vulgaris, having yellow flowers in elongated clusters. Compare barberry family. the red, elongated, acid fruit of this shrub. Historical Examples In the younger, wavy branches of the barberry the spines are straighter or more diverging. The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot If barberry jelly […]