Definition of “barrel” - English Dictionary

(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 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/

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

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 /ˈbærəl/ us

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)