- anything built or serving to bar passage, as a railing, fence, or the like: People may pass through the barrier only when their train is announced.
- any natural bar or obstacle: a mountain barrier.
- anything that restrains or obstructs progress, access, etc.: a trade barrier.
- a limit or boundary of any kind: the barriers of caste.
- Physical Geography. an antarctic ice shelf or ice front.
- barrier beach.
- barriers, History/Historical. the palisade or railing surrounding the ground where tourneys and jousts were carried on.
- Archaic. a fortress or stockade.
Origin of barrier
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Examples from the Web for barriers
Little by little, the barriers between the mainstream and adult worlds are breaking down.Porn Keeps Up with the Kardashians: Belle Knox on the Mainstreaming of Adult Stars
September 27, 2014
One would be safe “even if you are 10 feet away and there were no barriers.”Sanjay Gupta, on the Ebola Front Lines
August 4, 2014
A school with zero forcible sexual offenses may alsoindicate that "people aren't reporting because of other barriers."No Rapes On Campus? No Way.
July 5, 2014
But when it came to the seven identified sites with ISIS affiliations, the Citizen Lab found no barriers to entry.Iraq’s Internet Blockade Doesn’t Touch ISIS Sites
June 20, 2014
Able-bodied people rarely notice the barriers that riddle the world which keep the disabled from participating in society.#YesAllWomen Should Have the Church On Their Side
June 1, 2014
Barriers, moreover, must certainly have been thrown across that street.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Already the barriers of custom and common-sense were raising their solid heads.The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
All barriers were broken down, and she clung to him and cried.The Eternal City
She had chafed when the barriers rose between her mind and theirs.Audrey Craven
Hence there should be a free crossing of the barriers in use of materials at all times.College Teaching
- anything serving to obstruct passage or to maintain separation, such as a fence or gate
- anything that prevents or obstructs passage, access, or progressa barrier of distrust
- anything that separates or hinders uniona language barrier
- an exposed offshore sand bar separated from the shore by a lagoon
- (as modifier)a barrier beach
- (sometimes capital) that part of the Antarctic icecap extending over the sea
Word Origin and History for barriers
early 14c., barere, from Anglo-French barrere, Old French barriere "obstacle, gatekeeper," from barre "bar" (see bar (n.1)). First record of barrier reef is from 1805.
- A boundary or limit.
- An obstacle or impediment.
- Something that separates or holds apart.
- Something immaterial that obstructs or impedes behavior.
- A physical or biological factor that limits the migration, interbreeding, or free movement of individuals or populations.