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.
This infrastructure will include a ten-foot-high, gray concrete wall, topped with barbed wire, which will ring the dormitories.
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People left, and when they came back, the projects they were living in were boarded up, fenced in with barbed wire.
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Security at the compound was “extraordinary,” an official said, with 12- to 18-foot walls topped by barbed wire.
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Two parallel fences tipped with barbed wire formed a narrow corridor into the gymnasium.
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These days, the vast majority of coalition forces work within the walls, guard towers, and barbed wire of their bases.
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There was plenty of barbed wire everywhere and by means of the wire cutters rude grates were made on which the tin cup was placed.
Springfield in the Spanish American War Walter W. Ward
Why should you put up all this barbed wire between yourself and your friends?
The Market-Place Harold Frederic
At the time we tried out our rifles we put up our barbed wire railings.
The Cruise of the Snark Jack London
Lines of trenches and coils of barbed wire arrest your attention.
War Letters of a Public-School Boy Paul Jones.
barbed wire fencing is now manufactured in various patterns.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3 Various
strong wire with sharply pointed barbs at close intervals Also called (US) barbwire
also barb wire, “fencing wire with sharp edges or points,” 1863, American English, from barb + wire (n.).
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 […]
- Barberry family
the plant family Berberidaceae, characterized by shrubs and herbaceous plants having very varied leaves and flowers and fruit in the form of a berry or capsule, and including the barberry, May apple, and Oregon grape.
- Bar billiards
noun (functioning as sing) (Brit) a table game in pubs, etc, in which short cues are used to pocket balls into holes scoring various points and guarded by wooden pegs that incur penalties if they are knocked over