barre

barre

[bahr]
noun Ballet.
a handrail placed at hip height, used by a dancer to maintain balance during practice.
Also, bar.


Origin:
1945–50

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barré

[bah-rey]
noun
1.
Textiles. a pattern of stripes or bands of color extending across the warp in woven and knitted fabrics.
2.
Textiles. a streak in the filling direction when one or more picks are of a color different from that of adjacent picks.
3.
Music. a technique of playing a chord on a stringed instrument by laying a finger across the strings at a particular fret, raising their pitch.

Origin:
< French: literally, barred, past participle of barrer, derivative of barre bar1

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barre (bar)
 
n
a rail at hip height used for ballet practice and leg exercises
 
[literally: bar]

barré (ˈbæreɪ)
 
n
1.  Compare capo the act of laying the index finger over some or all of the strings of a guitar, lute, or similar instrument, so that the pitch of each stopped string is simultaneously raised
2.  the playing of chords in this manner
 
vb
3.  to execute (chords) in this manner
 
adv
4.  by using the barré
 
[C19: from French, from barrerbar1]

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barre
1876, from Fr., lit. "bar" (see bar (1)).
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