Definition of barn door in English:

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barn door

Pronunciation: /ˈbärn ˌdô(ə)r/


1The large door of a barn.
Example sentences
  • He held up his hand in order to silence any dim-witted replies as the sliding barn door swayed and heaved before finally giving way.
  • Shouting the dogs name, he slid the barn door closed and then peered over the stall door and looked down at her.
  • Keep the trailer door and barn door open so the animal can peer inside the trailer and get used to it before loading.
1.1A target too large to be missed: on the shooting range he could not hit a barn door
More example sentences
  • You wouldn't make fun of him in a TV commercial; much better to make use of a designer - a far easier barn door to hit.
  • Maybe next time, the groundstaff here might think of erecting a few barn doors in selected spots for extra target practice.
  • As Irishman Paul McGinley observed: ‘Seve may not be able to hit a barn door with a driver, but he has an unbelievable short game.’
1.2A hinged metal flap fitted to a spotlight to control the direction and intensity of its beam.
Example sentences
  • If I could do it all over with what I know now, I would get two hard lights with barn doors like the Alzo 800 and two Coollights soft fixtures.
  • My husband recently purchased an estate at auction, and included was a large case with four lights with barn doors on them.
  • I am looking at either Arri or Lowel focusable lights with barn doors and scrims.
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