|chat, to converse|
|to introduce subtleties into or argue subtly about.|
|1.||a cylindrical container usually bulging outwards in the middle and held together by metal hoops; cask|
|2.||Also called: barrelful the amount that a barrel can hold|
|3.||a unit of capacity used in brewing, equal to 36 Imperial gallons|
|4.||a unit of capacity used in the oil and other industries, normally equal to 42 US gallons or 35 Imperial gallons|
|5.||a thing or part shaped like a barrel, esp a tubular part of a machine|
|6.||the tube through which the projectile of a firearm is discharged|
|7.||horology the cylindrical drum in a watch or clock that is rotated by the mainspring|
|8.||the trunk of a four-legged animal: the barrel of a horse|
|9.||the quill of a feather|
|10.||informal a large measure; a great deal (esp in the phrases barrel of fun, barrel of laughs)|
|11.||informal (Austral) the hollow inner side of a wave|
|12.||informal over a barrel powerless|
|13.||informal scrape the barrel to be forced to use one's last and weakest resource|
|—vb , -rels, -relling, -relled, -rels, -reling, -reled|
|14.||(tr) to put into a barrel or barrels|
|16.||informal (Austral) to ride on the inside of a wave|
|[C14: from Old French baril perhaps from barre|
a vessel used for keeping flour (1 Kings 17:12, 14, 16). The same word (cad) so rendered is also translated "pitcher," a vessel for carrying water (Gen. 24:14; Judg. 7:16).
large, bulging cylindrical container of sturdy construction traditionally made from wooden staves and wooden or metal hoops. The term is also a unit of volume measure, specifically 31 gallons of a fermented or distilled beverage, or 42 gallons of a petroleum product. According to the 1st-century-AD Roman historian Pliny the Elder, the ancient craft of barrel making, also called cooperage, was invented by the inhabitants of the Alpine valleys.
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