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barrel

noun [C]  /ˈbær·əl/ us  

barrel noun [C] (CONTAINER)

a large wooden container with a flat top and bottom and curving sides that are wider in the middle A barrel is also a unit of measurement of volume equal to 31.5 gallons (119 liters) or, of oil, equal to 42 gallons (159 liters).

barrel noun [C] (GUN PART)

the long part of a gun that is shaped like a tube

barrel

verb [I always + adv/prep]  /ˈbær·əl/ us  

barrel verb [I always + adv/prep] (MOVE FAST)

to travel or move very fast: We were barreling along at 80 miles an hour.
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