- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbæɹiə(ɹ)/
- (US, Mary–marry–merry distinction) IPA(key): /ˈbæɹiəɹ/
- (US, Mary–marry–merry merger) IPA(key): /ˈbɛɹiəɹ/
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- Rhymes: -æɹiə(ɹ)
barrier (plural barriers)
- A structure that bars passage.
- An obstacle or impediment.
2013 June 1, “Towards the end of poverty”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 11:
- America’s poverty line is $63 a day for a family of four. In the richer parts of the emerging world $4 a day is the poverty barrier. But poverty’s scourge is fiercest below $1.25 ([…]): people below that level live lives that are poor, nasty, brutish and short.
- A boundary or limit.
- (grammar) A node (in government and binding theory) said to intervene between other nodes A and B if it is a potential governor for B, c-commands B, and does not c-command A.
- (physiology) A separation between two areas of the body where specialized cells allow the entry of certain substances but prevent other substances to enter.
- See also Wikisaurus:hindrance
structure that bars passage
obstacle or impediment
boundary or limit