This infrastructure will include a ten-foot-high, gray concrete wall, topped with barbed wire, which will ring the dormitories.
People left, and when they came back, the projects they were living in were boarded up, fenced in with barbed wire.
Security at the compound was “extraordinary,” an official said, with 12- to 18-foot walls topped by barbed wire.
late 14c., "barb of an arrow," from Old French barbe (11c.) "beard, beardlike appendage," from Latin barba "beard," perhaps cognate with Old English beard (see beard (n.)).
late 15c., "to clip, mow;" see barb (n.). Meaning "to fit or furnish with barbs" is from 1610s. Related: Barbed; barbing.