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1Closed or secured with a long rigid piece of wood, metal, or similar material:‘he sits by a barred window’‘a barred gate’
- ‘His ominous office is a barred detention room lit by an overhead crisscross of harsh neon lights.’
- ‘In dread of the Roman soldiery, they returned to the hiding place behind barred doors.’
- ‘The cells are visible, through ordinary barred entries.’
- ‘We witness the characters' first unmediated encounters with the world outside their barred back door.’
- ‘The light-striped canopy resembles a barred cage, where he crouches like an animal.’
- ‘At the end of a farm track, we find a barred, barbed-wire-clad gate.’
- ‘The building seems to guard its secrets, the barred apertures underscoring its function as a defensive structure.’
- ‘The safe is secured by an internal barred door and an external steel door several inches thick.’
- ‘A horrible cry brought the house servants creeping up to the barred room.’
- ‘There's a barred grid of windows looking out to a brick-red wall.’
2Marked with bands of colour or light:‘he spotted a barred owl’
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