A double bar marks the end of a strain or main division of a movement, or of a whole piece of music; in
psalmody, it marks the end of a line of poetry. The term bar is very often loosely used for measure,
i.e., for such length of music, or of silence, as is included between one bar and the next; as, a passage
of eight bars; two bars' rest.
12. (Far.) pl. (a) The space between the tusks and grinders in the upper jaw of a horse, in which the
bit is placed. (b) The part of the crust of a horse's hoof which is bent inwards towards the frog at the
heel on each side, and extends into the center of the sole.
13. (Mining) (a) A drilling or tamping rod. (b) A vein or dike crossing a lode.
14. (Arch.) (a) A gatehouse of a castle or fortified town. (b) A slender strip of wood which divides
and supports the glass of a window; a sash bar.
Bar shoe (Far.), a kind of horseshoe having a bar across the usual opening at the heel, to protect
a tender frog from injury. Bar shot, a double headed shot, consisting of a bar, with a ball or half
ball at each end; formerly used for destroying the masts or rigging in naval combat. Bar sinister
(Her.), a term popularly but erroneously used for baton, a mark of illegitimacy. See Baton. Bar
tracery (Arch.), ornamental stonework resembling bars of iron twisted into the forms required. Blank
bar (Law). See Blank. Case at bar (Law), a case presently before the court; a case under argument.
In bar of, as a sufficient reason against; to prevent. Matter in bar, or Defence in bar, any
matter which is a final defense in an action. Plea in bar, a plea which goes to bar or defeat the
plaintiff's action absolutely and entirely. Trial at bar (Eng. Law), a trial before all the judges of one
the superior courts of Westminster, or before a quorum representing the full court.
(Bar) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Barred (bärd); p. pr. & vb. n. Barring.] [ F. barrer. See Bar, n.]
1. To fasten with a bar; as, to bar a door or gate.
2. To restrict or confine, as if by a bar; to hinder; to obstruct; to prevent; to prohibit; as, to bar the entrance
of evil; distance bars our intercourse; the statute bars my right; the right is barred by time; a release
bars the plaintiff's recovery; sometimes with up.
He barely looked the idea in the face, and hastened to bar it in its dungeon.
3. To except; to exclude by exception.
Nay, but I bar to-night: you shall not gauge me
By what we do to-night.
4. To cross with one or more stripes or lines.
For the sake of distinguishing the feet more clearly, I have barred them singly.
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