Barrier

Definition of Barrier

Bar´ri`er
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.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.Any obstruction; anything which hinders approach or attack.
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.

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