From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
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barrelbar‧rel1 /ˈbærəl/ ●●○ noun [countable] 1 barrel.jpg DTa large curved container with a flat top and bottom, made of wood or metal, and used for storing beer, wine etc The wine is aged in oak barrels.barrel of barrels of beer2 a unit of measurement for oil, equal to 159 litresbarrel of two million barrels of oil3 PMWthe part of a gun that the bullets are fired through4 have somebody over a barrel5 be a barrel of laughs pork barrel, → scrape (the bottom of) the barrel at scrape1(5), → lock, stock, and barrel at lock2(3)
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barrelThérèse felt her way around a barrel as tall as she was.The area may contain up to 2 billion barrels of oil.In late August, after testing the cataract with an empty barrel, he announced that he would go over him-self.When it snows in Boston, residents litter the streets with old furniture, barrels and a rusty washing machine or two.Each new barrel costs £1.50; they are normally only used for one race and there are 50 barrels on a raft.At farmhouse level, cider is hard stuff to control, in the barrel or in the head.He saw the barrels on the truck and quick-counted more than fifteen.That morning he had bought a whole barrel of Gunpowder Pepper from one of the human victuallers.
barrelbarrel2 verb [intransitive] American English informal FAST/QUICKto move very fast, especially in an uncontrolled way A vehicle barreled out of a shopping center and crashed into the side of my car.→ See Verb table
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barrelThe train barreled down the tracks.Smith barreled into him, knocking him over.For barreling into homeroom just as the bell rings.Instead of swerving right, I swerved left, barreling straight into him with the fender.
From King Business Dictionarybarrelbar‧rel /ˈbærəl/ noun [countable]1TRANSPORTa large round container with a flat top and bottom, used for storing and carrying liquids such as oil and beerbarrels of beer2an amount of a liquid contained in a barrel, used as unit of measurement, especially in the oil industryThere were fears that the price of crude would drop as far as $15 a barrel.The country produces more than 650,000 barrels per day of crude oil. see also pork barrelOrigin barrel1 (1200-1300) Old French baril