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Definition 1: a structure or object that impedes free movement - [noun denoting artifact]

(barrier is a kind of ...) any structure that makes progress difficult

(... is a kind of barrier ) a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling

(... is a kind of barrier ) a barrier set up by police to stop traffic on a street or road in order to catch a fugitive or inspect traffic etc.

(... is a kind of barrier ) a barrier against explosives

(... is a kind of barrier ) a barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports

(... is a kind of barrier ) a barrier that can be moved to allow passage

(... is a kind of barrier ) a light movable barrier that competitors must leap over in certain races

(... is a kind of barrier ) a barrier that has parallel or crossed bars blocking a passage but admitting air

(... is a kind of barrier ) a barrier that surrounds the wheels of a vehicle to block splashing water or mud

"in Britain they call a fender a wing"

(... is a kind of barrier ) a barrier that serves to enclose an area

(... is a kind of barrier ) a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea

(... is a kind of barrier ) a strong protective barrier that is erected around a racetrack or in the middle of a dual-lane highway in order to reduce the likelihood of severe accidents

(... is a kind of barrier ) a fencelike structure around a deck (usually plural)

(... is a kind of barrier ) a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away

(... is a kind of barrier ) a barrier (usually thrown up hastily) to impede the advance of an enemy

"they stormed the barricade"

(... is a kind of barrier ) a movable barrier on the starting line of a race course

Definition 2: any condition that makes it difficult to make progress or to achieve an objective - [noun denoting cognition]

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

  • intolerance is a barrier to understanding

Synonyms for barrier in the sense of this definition

(barrier is a kind of ...) something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted

"lack of imagination is an obstacle to one's advancement" "the poverty of a district is an obstacle to good education" "the filibuster was a major obstruction to the success of their plan"

(... is a kind of barrier ) the barrier preventing Blacks from participating in various activities with whites

(... is a kind of barrier ) a barrier to cooperation or interaction resulting from conflicting ideologies

(... is a kind of barrier ) barrier to communication resulting from speaking different languages

Definition 3: anything serving to maintain separation by obstructing vision or access - [noun denoting object]

(barrier is a kind of ...) a natural object resembling a machine in structure or function

"the mechanism of the ear" "the mechanism of infection"

(... is a kind of barrier ) a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore

"the boat ran aground on a submerged bar in the river"

(... is a kind of barrier ) a mechanism that creates a barrier between brain tissues and circulating blood; serves to protect the central nervous system

"the brain was protected from the large molecules of the virus by the blood-brain barrier"

(... is a kind of barrier ) any barrier to communication or vision

"a curtain of secrecy" "a curtain of trees"

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