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Noun: barrel  ber-ul [N. Amer], ba-rul [Brit]
  1. A tube through which a bullet travels when a gun is fired
    - gun barrel
     
  2. A cylindrical container that holds liquids
    - cask
     
  3. A bulging cylindrical shape; hollow with flat ends
    - drum
     
  4. The quantity that a barrel (of any size) will hold
    - barrelful
     
  5. Any of various units of capacity
    "a barrel of beer is 31 gallons and a barrel of oil is 42 gallons";
    - bbl
     
  6. The ribs and belly of a horse or pony
Verb: barrel (barrelled,barrelling, or [US] barreled,barreling)  ber-ul [N. Amer], ba-rul [Brit]
  1. Put in barrels
     
  2. Move along very quickly
    - zoom, zoom along, whizz, whizz along, rocket, belt, bucket

Derived forms: barrelling, barrels, barrelled, barreling

Type of: belt along, British capacity unit, bucket along, cannonball along, containerful, cylinder, hasten, hie [archaic], hotfoot, hurry, Imperial capacity unit, lay, pelt along, place, pose, position, put, race, rush, rush along, set, speed, step on it, travel rapidly, tube, tubing, United States liquid unit, vessel, zip

Part of: gun, hogshead

Encyclopedia: Barrel