Definition of barrier in English:

barrier

Line breaks: bar|rier
Pronunciation: /ˈbarɪə
 
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noun

1A fence or other obstacle that prevents movement or access: the mountain barrier between Norway and Sweden
More 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.
Synonyms
1.1British A gate at a car park or railway station that controls access by being raised or lowered.
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  • 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 growth
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  • 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?
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English (denoting a palisade or fortification defending an entrance): from Old French barriere, of unknown origin; related to barre.

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