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BARB

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does barb mean? 

BARB (noun)
  The noun BARB has 4 senses:

1. an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect
2. the pointed part of barbed wire
3. a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove
4. one of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather

  Familiarity information: BARB used as a noun is uncommon.


BARB (verb)
  The verb BARB has 2 senses:

1. provide with barbs
2. provide with barbs

  Familiarity information: BARB used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BARB (noun)


Sense 1barb [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

jibe; gibe; barb; dig; shaft; slam; shot

Context examples:

his parting shot was 'drop dead' / she threw shafts of sarcasm / she takes a dig at me every chance she gets

Hypernyms ("barb" is a kind of...):

comment; remark (a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "barb"):

cheap shot (an unnecessarily aggressive and unfair remark directed at a defenseless person)


Sense 2barb [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The pointed part of barbed wire

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("barb" is a kind of...):

point (sharp end)

Holonyms ("barb" is a part of...):

barbed wire; barbwire (strong wire with barbs at regular intervals used to prevent passage)


Sense 3barb [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("barb" is a kind of...):

point (sharp end)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "barb"):

fluke (a barb on a harpoon or arrow)

Holonyms ("barb" is a part of...):

arrowhead (the pointed head or striking tip of an arrow)

hook (a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something)

lance; shaft; spear (a long pointed rod used as a weapon)


Sense 4barb [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

One of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("barb" is a kind of...):

fibril; filament; strand (a very slender natural or synthetic fiber)

Holonyms ("barb" is a part of...):

vane; web (the flattened weblike part of a feather consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft)


BARB (verb)


Sense 1barb [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Provide with barbs

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

barbed wire

Hypernyms (to "barb" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2barb [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Provide with barbs

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

barbed wire

Hypernyms (to "barb" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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