Associations to the word «Barb»
BARB, noun. The point that stands backward in an arrow, fishhook, etc., to prevent it from being easily extracted. Hence: Anything which stands out with a sharp point obliquely or crosswise to something else.
BARB, noun. (figuratively) A hurtful or disparaging remark.
BARB, noun. A beard, or that which resembles it, or grows in the place of it.
BARB, noun. Armor for a horse, corrupted from bard.
BARB, noun. (ornithology) One of the side branches of a feather, which collectively constitute the vane.
BARB, noun. (zoology) Several species of freshwater fish of the cyprinid family.
BARB, noun. (zoology) A southern name for the kingfishes of the eastern and southeastern coasts of the United States; also improperly called whiting.
BARB, noun. (botany) A hair or bristle ending in a double hook.
BARB, noun. (zoology) A blackish or dun variety of the pigeon, originally brought from Barbary.
BARB, noun. (obsolete) A muffler, worn by nuns and mourners.
BARB, noun. Paps, or little projections, of the mucous membrane, which mark the opening of the submaxillary glands under the tongue in horses and cattle. The name is mostly applied when the barbs are inflamed and swollen. [Written also barbel and barble.]
BARB, noun. (obsolete) A bit for a horse.
BARB, noun. A plastic fastener, shaped roughly like a capital I (with serifs), used to attach socks etc. to their packaging.
BARB, verb. To furnish with barbs, or with that which will hold or hurt like barbs, as an arrow, fishhook, spear, etc.
BARB, verb. To cover a horse in armor, corrupted from bard.
BARB, verb. (obsolete) To shave or dress the beard of.
BARB, verb. (obsolete) To clip; to mow.
BARB, noun. The Barbary horse, a superior breed introduced from Barbary into Spain by the Moors.
BARB, noun. A blackish or dun variety of pigeon, originally brought from Barbary.
BARB, proper noun. A diminutive of the female given name Barbara.
BARB, noun. (slang) A fan of the American singer Nicki Minaj, especially a female one.
BARB WIRE, noun. Alternative form of barbed wire
BARB, noun. An aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect; "his parting shot was `drop dead'"; "she threw shafts of sarcasm"; "she takes a dig at me every chance she gets".
BARB, noun. The pointed part of barbed wire.
BARB, noun. A subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove.
BARB, noun. One of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather.
BARB, verb. Provide with barbs; "barbed wire".
Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.