barrel definition, meaning - what is barrel in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “barrel”

See all translations

barrel

noun [C] uk   us   /ˈbær.əl/

barrel noun [C] (CONTAINER)

a large container, made of wood, metal, or plastic, with a flat top and bottom and curved sides that make it fatter in the middle: They drank a whole barrel of beer (= the contents of a barrel) at the party. In the oil industry, a barrel of oil is equal to 159 litres.

barrel noun [C] (GUN PART)

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

barrel

verb [I, + adv/prep] uk   us   /ˈbær.əl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-) informal
to travel somewhere very quickly: We were barrelling along the autobahn at 180 kph.
(Definition of barrel from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of barrel?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “barrel” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

disappear off the face of the earth

to disappear completely

Word of the Day

The language of elections

by Liz Walter,
April 22, 2015
On May 7th, citizens of the UK will be going to the polls (having an election) to decide who will form the next government. This kind of election is known as a general election. The country is divided into 650 areas, called constituencies. Each constituency elects a member of parliament (MP) to

Read More 

dumbwalking noun

April 20, 2015
walking slowly, without paying attention to the world around you because you are consulting a smartphone He told me dumbwalking probably wouldn’t be a long-term problem.

Read More