a building for storing hay, grain, etc., and often for housing livestock.
a very large garage for buses, trucks, etc.; carbarn.
to store (hay, grain, etc.) in a barn.
a large farm outbuilding, used chiefly for storing hay, grain, etc, but also for housing livestock
(US & Canadian) a large shed for sheltering railroad cars, trucks, etc
any large building, esp an unattractive one
(modifier) relating to a system of poultry farming in which birds are allowed to move freely within a barn: barn eggs
a unit of nuclear cross section equal to 10–28 square metre b
Old English bereærn “barn,” literally “barley house,” from bere “barley” (see barley) + aern “house,” metathesized from *rann, *rasn (cf. Old Norse rann, Gothic razn “house,” Old English rest “resting place;” sealtærn “saltworks”).
Barley was not always the only crop grown as the data recovered at Bishopstone might suggest but it is always the most commonly represented, followed by wheat and then rye and oats. [C.J. Arnold, “An Archaeology of the Early Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms,” 1988, p.36]
Another word for “barn” in Old English was beretun, “barley enclosure” (from tun “enclosure, house”), which accounts for the many Barton place names on the English map, and the common surname. Barn door used figuratively for “broad target” and “great size” since 1540s.
someone can’t hit the side of a barn
a storehouse (Deut. 28:8; Job 39:12; Hag. 2:19) for grain, which was usually under ground, although also sometimes above ground (Luke 12:18).
can’t hit the broad side of a barn
lock the barn door after the horse is stolen
- Barnes curve
barnes curve Barnes curve (bärnz) n. The segment of a circle whose center is the promontory of the sacrum.
- Ped scramble
ped scramble noun phrase A system of urban traffic control in which in a cycle all traffic lights turn red to stop cars, while pedestrians can cross in all directions [1960s+; variant named for Henry Barnes (d. 1968), traffic commissioner of New York City; ped, ”pedestrian, speed walker,” is found by 1863, and among traffic […]
a male given name. Contemporary Examples Barnett tells me that his interest in aviation safety grew from his flying phobia. The Great Plane Crash Myth Ben Sherwood January 16, 2009 Barnett studied the front page of The New York Times and found the answer. The Great Plane Crash Myth Ben Sherwood January 16, 2009 I […]
Jan van Olden [yahn vahn awl-duh n] /yɑn vɑn ˈɔl dən/ (Show IPA), 1547–1619, Dutch statesman and patriot. Historical Examples At a subsequent time, a son of Barneveldt having been condemned to death, his mother applied to Prince Maurice, for his pardon. The Life of Hugo Grotius Charles Butler Grotius also gained the esteem of […]
Informal. an argument. a prizefight. a fight or brawl. a blunder or mistake. a small locomotive used in mining and logging. Movie Slang. a heavily padded cover for a camera, used to reduce the camera noise so that it will not be picked up by the sound-recording equipment. a male given name, form of Bernard. […]