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A round vessel or cask, of greater length than breadth, and bulging in the middle, made of staves bound with hoops, and having flat ends or heads. Sometimes applied to a similar cylindrical container made of metal, usually called a drum.

a cracker barrel.

Additional definitions for 'barrel':

barrelA jar. 1 Kings xvii. 12.
barrelA metallic tube, as of a gun, from which a projectile is discharged.
barrelA solid drum, or a hollow cylinder or case.
barrelA tube.
barrelA waste receptacle.
barrelA wave that breaks with a hollow compartment.
barrelThe hollow basal part of a feather.
barrelThe quantity which constitutes a full barrel. This varies for different articles and also in different places for the same article, being regulated by custom or by law. A barrel of wine is 31 1/2 gallons; a barrel of flour is 196 pounds; of beer 31 gallons; of ale 32 gallons; of crude oil 42 gallons.
barrelThe ribs and belly of a horse or pony.
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