barrel-n; 8 Senses

Sense Number 1: the spiral firing tube of a gun

Commentary: BARREL[+artifact][+tube][+spiral][+firing][+gun]
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

Sense Number 2: a cylindrical container

Commentary: BARREL[+artifact][+container][+cylindrical][+tapered]
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

Sense Number 3: having a bulging, cylindrical shape

Commentary: BARREL[+shape][+cylinder][+bulging]
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

Sense Number 4: a quantity, a unit of capacity

Commentary: BARREL[+quantity][+unit][+capacity][+oil/+beer/+pork]
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

Sense Number 5: the loins and belly of a four-legged animal

Commentary: BARREL[+structure][+anatomical][+trunk][+quadruped][+horse/+cow/+pig]

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

Sense Number 6: cash only, no credit given or taken

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

Sense Number 7: being in a disadvantageous state

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

Sense Number 8: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)