One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large farm building used for storing grain, hay, or straw or for housing livestock.
outbuilding, shed, outhouse, shelterView synonyms
- ‘His statement about building livestock barns in swampy areas is particularly insulting.’
- ‘The traditional farm buildings are located behind the farmhouse and include a bothy, stores, barn and livestock accommodation.’
- ‘An enclosed stone-built courtyard houses a range of farm buildings, a hay barn and a secure workshop.’
- ‘A small main house sat in front of a larger feed shed, a tool shed, and a pair of large barns emitting intermittent livestock noises.’
- ‘The livestock pens and barns held little interest for her, although she took the time to check out the horse barn, filled with stalls.’
- ‘He talked to a group of Canadian Forces reservists, visited the livestock barns and posed for several pictures.’
- ‘In the US, tornadoes twisting at 300 mph sometimes sweep a path a mile wide over 50 miles, lifting and dumping trucks, barns, livestock and people.’
- ‘The study site at Badajoz consists of open farmland with pastures, cereals, and fruit plantations, and most barn swallows breed in barns and other farm buildings.’
- ‘Windows were opened, livestock rustled in their barns, children's voices began to mingle with those of their parents.’
- ‘Also within the wall would have been a well, latrines, a chapel, workshops, barns, pens for livestock, hen houses and perhaps other outbuildings.’
- ‘Instead of him hauling silage into the barn and manure out, the cows do it now, he says.’
- ‘The hogs are farrowed outdoors or in barns or hoop buildings with bedding.’
- ‘Initially the birds vanished from the countryside, as farmers learnt how to farm more efficiently and tougher hygiene rules led to the sealing of barns and grain stores.’
- ‘This configuration recalls the form of traditional livestock barns with a center walkway and animal stalls to each side.’
- ‘It is understood that she was working in a hay barn when two large straw bales fell from a stack onto her.’
- ‘At that time it was a conventional row-crop farm with an unused barn and silos.’
- ‘We remodeled part of a barn on Colin's farm into a wire-floored nursery with pull-plug flush gutters and an outside pit.’
- ‘On the way to the working farm, they marvel at the bucolic scene - rolling hills with acres of corn and soybean fields, the green pastures interspersed with barns and farm houses.’
- ‘Clean livestock barns have fewer fly problems.’
- ‘He confirmed that his prior letter requesting permission for a barn and livestock was ‘inaccurate’.’
- 1.1North American A large shed used for storing road or railway vehicles.
- ‘In the car barn we saw numbers 2002 through 6 in various stages of build.’
- ‘Build your ideal garage, coach house style car barn, workshop or storage barn with these blueprints’
- ‘One barn featured rapid transit cars that were awaiting some restoration.’
- ‘The quake and resulting fire destroyed the power houses and car barns of both the Cal Cable and the URR's Powell Street lines, together with the 117 cable cars stored within them.’
- ‘ALL Santa wants for Christmas is a new barn, shed or stable for his sleigh.’
- 1.2 A large and uninviting building.‘a great barn of a pub’
- ‘It was a great barn of a place with a cement floor, fibreboard partitions and windows only at the extreme river end.’
- ‘I ran into the first barn of a tavern I could reach.’
- ‘The Palestra is a fantastic old barn of a basketball arena.’
- ‘They wandered up and down the same stretch of dusty white road, attended the same church and the same grog-shop, and slept in the same lime-washed barn of a barrack for two long years.’
- ‘My family was able to offer practical support in the shape of hospitality in our then vast barn of a place in St Andrews.’
- ‘I will never return to this barn of a restaurant, and would frankly rather eat roaches.’
- ‘If you're not enlightened, Savemart is this big second-hand barn of a store nestled in the industrial sprawl of northern Te Rapa.’
- ‘Anyway from what I know, it'll probably be a cross between my friends barn and the show barn of a stable I used to board at.’
- ‘He had a whole room of metal-working equipment, a room full of wood-working equipment, and this huge barn of a room for electronics.’
- ‘The reference is to the enormous gray barn of a food market covering 125000 square feet on Route 1 in Norwalk.’
- ‘Borley Rectory, a rambling, ramshackle Victorian barn of a house, sprawled on an Essex hillside, had little to offer.’
- ‘London's Olympia exhibition hall is a vast barn of a place, home for everything from sporting events to antiques fairs.’
Old English bern, berern, from bere ‘barley’ + ern, ærn ‘house’.
A unit of area, 10⁻²⁸ square metres, used especially in particle physics.
- ‘While the barn is not an SI unit, it is accepted (although discouraged) for use with the SI.’
- ‘Cross-sections are measured in barns, 10-28 m2.’
- ‘The barn is typically used to measure the cross section for nuclear reactions.’
1940s: apparently from the phrase as big as a barn door.
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