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 […]
- Barrel chair
an easy chair having a high, semicircular back forming a single upholstered piece with the wings or arms; tub chair. historical examples then father was coaxed to sit down in the barrel chair, and try its strength and its softness, and guess what it was made of. little fishers: and their nets pansy we made […]
- Barrel bolt
a rod-shaped bolt for fastening a door or the like, attached to one side of the door at the edge and sliding into a socket on the frame of the opening.
- Barrel cactus
any of several large, cylindrical, ribbed, spiny cacti of the genera echinocactus and ferocactus. historical examples he lives upon the barrel cactus, a plant so protected by spines as to seem unapproachable by man or animal. the mystic mid-region arthur j. burd-ck near by springs up the barrel cactus, a forbidding column no one dares […]