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English Dictionary: barn by the DICT Development Group
6 results for barn
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. an outlying farm building for storing grain or animal feed and housing farm animals
  2. (physics) a unit of nuclear cross section; the effective circular area that one particle presents to another as a target for an encounter
    Synonym(s): barn, b
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Barn \Barn\, n.
      A child. [Obs.] See {Bairn}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Barn \Barn\, n. [OE. bern, AS. berern, bern; bere barley + ern,
      [91]rn, a close place. [?]92. See {Barley}.]
      A covered building used chiefly for storing grain, hay, and
      other productions of a farm. In the United States a part of
      the barn is often used for stables.
      {Barn owl} (Zo[94]l.), an owl of Europe and America ({Aluco
            flammeus}, or {Strix flammea}), which frequents barns and
            other buildings.
      {Barn swallow} (Zo[94]l.), the common American swallow
            ({Hirundo horreorum}), which attaches its nest of mud to
            the beams and rafters of barns.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Barn \Barn\, v. t.
      To lay up in a barn. [Obs.] --Shak.
               Men . . . often barn up the chaff, and burn up the
               grain.                                                   --Fuller.

From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   barn n.   [uncommon; prob. from the nuclear military] An
   unexpectedly large quantity of something: a unit of measurement.
   "Why is /var/adm taking up so much space?"   "The logs have grown to
   several barns."   The source of this is clear: when physicists were
   first studying nuclear interactions, the probability was thought to
   be proportional to the cross-sectional area of the nucleus (this
   probability is still called the cross-section).   Upon experimenting,
   they discovered the interactions were far more probable than
   expected; the nuclei were `as big as a barn'.   The units for
   cross-sections were christened Barns, (10^-24 cm^2) and the book
   containing cross-sections has a picture of a barn on the cover.

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
      a storehouse (Deut. 28:8; Job 39:12; Hag. 2:19) for grain, which
      was usually under ground, although also sometimes above ground
      (Luke 12:18).
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