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noun [countable] bar pronunciation in American English /bɑr/
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  1. 1
    a place where you go to buy and drink alcoholic drinks

    We met at Ernie’s Bar.

    1. a.
      the counter where alcoholic drinks are served in a bar or restaurant

      I think you have to order at the bar.

  2. 2
    a long narrow piece of metal

    an old house with iron bars on the windows

    The car’s safety features include side-impact bars.

    1. a.
      computing a long narrow shape along one of the sides of a window on a computer screen

      Use the scroll bar to move up and down the page.

      There’s a quick-access menu bar below the top menu.

    2. b.
      a long narrow shape consisting of several strips of light that show how much life is left in a phone battery, electronic device, etc.
  3. 3
    a solid block of a substance such as chocolate or soap

    a candy bar

    bar of:

    a bar of soap

  4. 4

    the bar

    legal the profession of being a lawyer. If someone is admitted to the bar, they become a lawyer.
  5. 5
    something that prevents another thing from happening
    bar to:

    We have to ensure that a person’s ethnic background is no bar to success in the workplace.

    1. a.
      an order stating that something is not allowed
      bar on:

      The ruling placed a bar on any mention of the facts in the media.

  6. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    get some bars to go somewhere else, for example outside, to get a better mobile phone reception (refers to the series of bars on the phone's screen, showing the strength of the signal)

    There's no signal in here - I'm going outside to get some bars.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 22/03/2010


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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