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Definition 1: one of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather - [noun denoting animal]

(barb is a kind of ...) a very slender natural or synthetic fiber

(... is part of barb) the flattened weblike part of a feather consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft

Definition 2: a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove - [noun denoting artifact]

(barb is a kind of ...) sharp end

"he stuck the point of the knife into a tree" "he broke the point of his pencil"

(... is a kind of barb ) a barb on a harpoon or arrow

(... is part of barb) the pointed head or striking tip of an arrow

(... is part of barb) a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something

(... is part of barb) a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon

Definition 3: the pointed part of barbed wire - [noun denoting artifact]

(barb is a kind of ...) sharp end

"he stuck the point of the knife into a tree" "he broke the point of his pencil"

(... is part of barb) strong wire with barbs at regular intervals used to prevent passage

Definition 4: an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where barb or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for barb in the sense of this definition

(barb is a kind of ...) a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information

"from time to time she contributed a personal comment on his account" "we would appreciate input from our users on how we can improve our software"

(... is a kind of barb ) an unnecessarily aggressive and unfair remark directed at a defenseless person

Definition 5: provide with barbs - [verb of contact]

Samples where barb or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • barbed wire

(barb is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

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