- 1A fence or other obstacle that prevents movement or access: the mountain barrier between Norway and SwedenMore example sentences
- However, he told council he would like to protect the fence with barriers, to prevent vehicle operators from accidentally running into the fence.
- The only barrier is to the movement of cars onto the streetcar tracks.
- As helicopters buzzed overhead, army engineers erected concrete barriers and razor wire fences in the fields off Drumcree Road.
- 1.1British A gate at a car park or railway station that controls access by being raised or lowered.More example sentences
- An investigation has been launched after a minibus full of passengers went through the barriers at Manningtree railway station - just seconds before a train was due to arrive.
- Automatic barriers at the village railway station were controlled by rail staff during the emergency.
- Nurses at Wallsend Aged Care Facility have voted to take industrial action if work commences to build barriers or gates to car parking areas.
- 1.2A circumstance or obstacle that keeps people or things apart or prevents communication or progress: a language barrier the cultural barriers to economic growthMore example sentences
obstacle, obstruction, hurdle, stumbling block, bar, block, impediment, hindrance; snag, catch, drawback, hitch, handicap, deterrent, complication, difficulty, problem, disadvantage, baulk, curb, check, stopBritish • informal spanner in the worksNorth American • informal monkey wrench in the works• literary trammel• archaic cumber
- The large food retailers are going global, and as barriers to trade come down, the economics ate determining where the investment and trade take place.
- But the remaining barriers to completely liberalized trade lend themselves to be very focused defensive positions.
- What are the barriers to effective communication?
late Middle English (denoting a palisade or fortification defending an entrance): from Old French barriere, of unknown origin; related to barre.