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Meaning of “barrel” in the English Dictionary

"barrel" in British English

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barrelnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈbær.əl/
  • barrel noun [C] (CONTAINER)

a ​largecontainer, made of ​wood, ​metal, or ​plastic, with a ​flattop and ​bottom and ​curvedsides that make it ​fatter in the ​middle: They ​drank a ​whole barrel of ​beer (= the ​contents of a barrel) at the ​party. In the ​oilindustry, a barrel of ​oil is ​equal to 159 ​litres.

barrelverb [I, + adv/prep]

uk   us   /ˈbær.əl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-) informal
(Definition of barrel from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"barrel" in American English

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barrelnoun [C]

 us   /ˈbær·əl/
  • barrel noun [C] (CONTAINER)

a ​largewoodencontainer with a ​flattop and ​bottom and ​curvingsides that are ​wider in the ​middle A barrel is also a ​unit of ​measurement of ​volumeequal to 31.5 ​gallons (119 ​liters) or, of ​oil, ​equal to 42 ​gallons (159 ​liters).
  • barrel noun [C] (GUN PART)

the ​longpart of a ​gun that is ​shaped like a ​tube

barrelverb [I always + adv/prep]

 us   /ˈbær·əl/
to ​travel or move very ​fast: We were barreling along at 80 ​miles an ​hour.
(Definition of barrel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"barrel" in Business English

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barrelnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈbærəl/
a large ​container, made of wood, metal, or ​plastic, with a ​flattop and ​bottom and curved ​sides that make it fatter in the middle
MEASURES a ​unit of ​measure for dry ​goods and liquids that ​varies in ​size for different things and in different countries: A barrel of beer in the US is 31 US ​gallons, and in the UK it is 36 UK ​gallons.
MEASURES a ​unit of ​measure for ​oilequal to 42 US ​gallons or 159 ​litres: Today ​oilpricesreached $81 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
(Definition of barrel from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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