NOTE: refers to a spiral tube for propagating something along.
The robber pointed the barrel of his gun at the bank clerk.
The stunt pilot did three barrel rolls in his aerobatic plane. (a spiral course)
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1
NOTE: does not focus on the substance being contained (see Sense 4)
These wine barrels are made of new French oak.
We need to move these old barrels out of the warehouse.
The barrel of a timepiece is a cylindrical metal box that contains the main spring.
It's just another piece of pork barrel legislation. (figurative extension)
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2
NOTE: refers to anything with a shape like a barrel, does not imply a container
The great Italian basso has a barrel chest and a thick neck. (shaped like a barrel)
This is a type of large barrel cactus. (shaped like a barrel)
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3
NOTE: focus is on how much substance is in the container, not the container itself (Sense 2)
Today oil was trading at over $70US a barrel. (a quantity)
How many gallons are there in a barrel of beer?
18th-century sailing ships carried many barrels of salted pork for provision.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4, 5
The red stallion was long-legged with a wide barrel.
The pigs lowered their barrels into the cooling mud.
WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 3
Commentary: idiom: on_the_barrel
This flea market takes cash on the barrel.
John bought his new Mercedes on the barrel.
WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: on_the_barrel
Commentary: idiom: over_a_barrel
The French have them over a barrel in regards to this situation.
John has me over a barrel in this chess game.
WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: over_a_barrel
Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)