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barrelnoun [C]

 us   /ˈbær·əl/
  • 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

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 British English

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barrelnoun [C]

uk   /ˈbær.əl/  us   /ˈber.əl/

barrelverb [I, + adv/prep]

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

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barrelnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈbærəl/
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
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 oil equal to 42 US gallons or 159 litres: Today oil prices reached $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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