Bar·rel v. t. [imp. & p. p. Barreled or Barrelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Barreling, or Barrelling.] To put or to pack in a barrel or barrels.
1. A round vessel or cask, of greater length than breadth, and bulging in the middle, made of staves bound with hoops, and having flat ends or heads; as, a cracker barrel. Sometimes applied to a similar cylindrical container made of metal, usually called a drum.
2. The quantity which constitutes a full barrel. This varies for different articles and also in different places for the same article, being regulated by custom or by law. A barrel of wine is 31½ gallons; a barrel of flour is 196 pounds.
3. A solid drum, or a hollow cylinder or case; as, the barrel of a windlass; the barrel of a watch, within which the spring is coiled.
4. A metallic tube, as of a gun, from which a projectile is discharged.
5. A jar. [Obs.]
6. Zool. The hollow basal part of a feather.
Barrel bulk Com., a measure equal to five cubic feet, used in estimating capacity, as of a vessel for freight.
Barrel drain Arch., a drain in the form of a cylindrical tube.
Barrel of a boiler, the cylindrical part of a boiler, containing the flues.
Barrel of the ear Anat., the tympanum, or tympanic cavity.
Barrel organ, an instrument for producing music by the action of a revolving cylinder.
Barrel vault. See under Vault.
n 1: a tube through which a bullet travels when a gun is fired
[syn: gun barrel]
2: a cylindrical container that holds liquids [syn: cask]
3: a bulging cylindrical shape; hollow with flat ends [syn: drum]
4: the quantity that a barrel (of any size) will hold [syn: barrelful]
5: any of various units of capacity; "a barrel of beer is 31
gallons and a barrel of oil is 42 gallons" [syn: bbl]
v : put in barrels
[also: barrelling, barrelled]
a vessel used for keeping flour (1 Kings 17:12, 14, 16). The
same word (cad) so rendered is also translated "pitcher," a
vessel for carrying water (Gen. 24:14; Judg. 7:16).