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English definition of “barrel”

barrel

noun [C]     /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 noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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