AskDefine | Define barrier

Dictionary Definition



1 a structure or object that impedes free movement
2 any condition that makes it difficult to make progress or to achieve an objective; "intolerance is a barrier to understanding" [syn: roadblock]
3 anything serving to maintain separation by obstructing vision or access

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A structure that bars passage.
  2. An obstacle or impediment.
  3. A boundary or limit.


A structure that bars passage
An obstacle or impediment
A boundary or limit

Extensive Definition

Barrier may refer to:
In geography:
In other:
Structures with the word Barrier in their name:

See also

barrier in German: Barriere
barrier in French: Barrière
barrier in Dutch: Barrier
barrier in Japanese: バリア

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abatis, advanced work, arch dam, backstop, balistraria, balustrade, bamboo curtain, bank, banquette, bar, barbed-wire entanglement, barbican, barrage, barricade, bartizan, bastion, battlement, bear-trap dam, beaver dam, blank wall, blind alley, blind gut, block, blockade, blockage, bolt, boom, bottleneck, boundary, brattice, breakwater, breastwork, brick wall, buffer, buffer state, bulkhead, bulwark, bumper, casemate, cecum, cheval-de-frise, choking, choking off, circumvallation, clog, cloison, cofferdam, collision mat, congestion, constipation, contravallation, costiveness, counterscarp, cul-de-sac, curtain, cushion, dam, dead end, defense, demibastion, diaphragm, dike, dissepiment, ditch, dividing line, dividing wall, division, drawbridge, earthwork, embankment, embolism, embolus, enclosure, entanglement, escarp, escarpment, fence, fender, fieldwork, fortalice, fortification, frontier, gate, glacis, gorge, gravity dam, groin, ha-ha, hindrance, hydraulic-fill dam, impasse, impediment, infarct, infarction, interseptum, iron curtain, jam, jetty, leaping weir, levee, limit, lock, logjam, loophole, lunette, machicolation, mantelet, mat, merlon, midriff, midsection, milldam, moat, mole, mound, obstacle, obstipation, obstruction, outwork, pad, padlock, palisade, panel, parados, parapet, paries, partition, party wall, portcullis, postern gate, property line, rail, railing, rampart, ravelin, redan, redoubt, roadblock, rock-fill dam, sally port, scarp, sconce, sealing off, seawall, separation, septulum, septum, shock pad, shutter dam, stockade, stone wall, stop, stoppage, strangulation, tenaille, vallation, vallum, wall, weir, wicket dam, work
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