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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Barrier  \Bar"ri*er\,  n.  [OE.  barrere  barere,  F.  barri[`e]re, 
  fr  barre  bar.  See  {Bar},  n.] 
  1.  (Fort.)  A  carpentry  obstruction,  stockade,  or  other 
  obstacle  made  in  a  passage  in  order  to  stop  an  enemy. 
 
  2.  A  fortress  or  fortified  town,  on  the  frontier  of  a 
  country,  commanding  an  avenue  of  approach. 
 
  3.  pl  A  fence  or  railing  to  mark  the  limits  of  a  place  or 
  to  keep  back  a  crowd. 
 
  No  sooner  were  the  barriers  opened,  than  he  paced 
  into  the  lists.  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  4.  An  any  obstruction;  anything  which  hinders  approach  or 
  attack.  ``Constitutional  barriers.''  --Hopkinson. 
 
  5.  Any  limit  or  boundary;  a  line  of  separation. 
 
  'Twixt  that  [instinct]  and  reason,  what  a  nice 
  barrier  !  --Pope. 
 
  {Barrier  gate},  a  heavy  gate  to  close  the  opening  through  a 
  barrier. 
 
  {Barrier  reef},  a  form  of  coral  reef  which  runs  in  the 
  general  direction  of  the  shore,  and  incloses  a  lagoon 
  channel  more  or  less  extensive. 
 
  {To  fight  at  barriers},  to  fight  with  a  barrier  between,  as  a 
  martial  exercise.  [Obs.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  barrier 
  n  1:  a  structure  or  object  that  impedes  free  movement 
  2:  any  condition  that  makes  it  difficult  to  make  progress  or  to 
  achieve  an  objective;  "intolerance  is  a  barrier  to 
  understanding"  [syn:  {roadblock}] 
  3:  anything  serving  to  maintain  separation  by  obstructing 
  vision  or  access 




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