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English definition of “barrel”

barrel

noun [C] (CONTAINER)    /ˈbær.əl/
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.Containers for liquids and gases In the oil industry, a barrel of oil is equal to 159 litres.Measurements of volumeGeneral words for size and amountInformal measurements of volume
(Definition of barrel noun (CONTAINER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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