a high central vowel with phonetic quality approximating that of the vowels in pit, put, putt, or pet, and considered by most phonologists as a phonetic variant of one of these vowels, depending on the context, but by some as an autonomous phoneme in some varieties of English.
the phonetic symbol ɨ.
- Barred owl
a large owl, Strix varia, of eastern North America, having its breast barred and abdomen streaked with dark brown. Historical Examples And when that ceased a barred owl hooted in the woods, away to the north. Rolf In The Woods Ernest Thompson Seton I retired to the vicinity of the willows and uttered the cry […]
- Barred spiral galaxy
a spiral galaxy whose center has the form of an extended bar. barred spiral galaxy (bärd) A spiral galaxy with a barlike bulge in the center, extending between the core and the spiral arms. About a third of spiral galaxies have this straight bar of stars, gas, and dust extending out from the nucleus. As […]
a cylindrical wooden container with slightly bulging sides made of staves hooped together, and with flat, parallel ends. the quantity that such a vessel of some standard size can hold: for most liquids, 31½ U.S. gallons (119 L); for petroleum, 42 U.S. gallons (159 L); for dry materials, 105 U.S. dry quarts (115 L). Abbreviation: […]
- Barrel ass
to charge headlong; move at high speed. verb phrase To barrel: We’re barrel-assing toward Van Nuys (1950s+ Hot rodders)