barrier


barrier
bar|ri|er
W3 [ˈbæriə US -ər] n
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: barriere, from barre; BAR1]
1.) a rule, problem etc that prevents people from doing something, or limits what they can do
the removal of trade barriers (=something such as a tax that makes trade between countries difficult)
barrier to
Problems with childcare remain the biggest barrier to women succeeding at work.
barrier between
We want to break down barriers between doctors and patients.
The language barrier (=the inability to communicate with someone because you speak a different language) makes debate impossible.
2.) a type of fence or gate that prevents people from moving in a particular direction
Crowds burst through the barriers and ran onto the pitch.
3.) a physical object that keeps two areas, people etc apart
barrier between
The mountains form a natural barrier between the two countries.
4.) the 10-second/40% etc barrier
a level or amount of 10 seconds, 40% etc, that is seen as a limit which it is difficult to get beyond
I'm hoping to crash the 20-second barrier in the final and get a bronze.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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