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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Barn  \Barn\,  n.  [OE.  bern,  AS  berern  bern;  bere  barley  +  ern, 
  [ae]rn,  a  close  place  ?92.  See  {Barley}.] 
  A  covered  building  used  chiefly  for  storing  grain,  hay,  and 
  other  productions  of  a  farm.  In  the  United  States  a  part  of 
  the  barn  is  often  used  for  stables. 
 
  {Barn  owl}  (Zo["o]l.),  an  owl  of  Europe  and  America  ({Aluco 
  flammeus},  or  {Strix  flammea}),  which  frequents  barns  and 
  other  buildings. 
 
  {Barn  swallow}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  common  American  swallow 
  ({Hirundo  horreorum}),  which  attaches  its  nest  of  mud  to 
  the  beams  and  rafters  of  barns. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Barn  \Barn\,  v.  t. 
  To  lay  up  in  a  barn.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  Men  .  .  .  often  barn  up  the  chaff,  and  burn  up  the 
  grain.  --Fuller. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Barn  \Barn\,  n. 
  A  child.  [Obs.]  See  {Bairn}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  barn 
  n  1:  an  outlying  farm  building  for  storing  grain  or  animal  feed 
  and  housing  farm  animals 
  2:  (physics)  a  unit  of  nuclear  cross  section 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  barn  n.  [uncommon;  prob.  from  the  nuclear  military]  An 
  unexpectedly  large  quantity  of  something:  a  unit  of  measurement. 
  "Why  is  /var/adm  taking  up  so  much  space?"  "The  logs  have  grown  to 
  several  barns."  The  source  of  this  is  clear:  when  physicists  were 
  first  studying  nuclear  interactions,  the  probability  was  thought  to  be 
  proportional  to  the  cross-sectional  area  of  the  nucleus  (this  probability 
  is  still  called  the  cross-section).  Upon  experimenting,  they  discovered 
  the  interactions  were  far  more  probable  than  expected;  the  nuclei  were 
  `as  big  as  a  barn'.  The  units  for  cross-sections  were  christened  Barns, 
  (10^-24  cm^2)  and  the  book  containing  cross-sections  has  a  picture  of 
  a  barn  on  the  cover. 
 
 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Barn 
  a  storehouse  (Deut.  28:8;  Job  39:12;  Hag.  2:19)  for  grain,  which 
  was  usually  under  ground,  although  also  sometimes  above  ground 
  (Luke  12:18). 
 




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