Definition of barbed wire in US English:

barbed wire


  • Wire with clusters of short, sharp spikes set at intervals along it, used to make fences or in warfare as an obstruction.

    • ‘That's when I notice the perimeter fence has barbed wire and there are watch towers with armed guards.’
    • ‘A tall, impenetrable wall with barbed wire and sharp metal spikes on top surrounded the entire complex.’
    • ‘With respect, your Honour, there was no need to put barbed wire or spikes or adopt any of those measures.’
    • ‘French troops guarding the base retreated behind fences ringed with barbed wire.’
    • ‘He had torn his pants crawling through one barbed wire fence, and cut his hand on another.’
    • ‘After devoting 18 months to wiring Hong Kong with barbed wire, the island was attacked from the air.’
    • ‘Stupid people behind picket fences and barbed wire fences voted for these stupid leaders.’
    • ‘The long walk takes us to a tall brick building fenced with spiraling barbed wire.’
    • ‘The barbed wire fences at its border were dismantled and guards were reduced to a minimum.’
    • ‘Police believe the thieves cut their way through barbed wire and electric fences from the grounds of Pitsea tip.’
    • ‘Youths were clambering over barbed wire fences, climbing through skylight windows and running amok in the dark.’
    • ‘The plant has a lot more barbed wire and fences than it did this time last year: I guess I know why now.’
    • ‘One field skirted the edge of a primary school, which was fenced off with barbed wire and guard posts.’
    • ‘She stared at the twisted barbed wire fence, that must have been knocked over long ago.’
    • ‘Consider using barbed wire or razor wire at the top of fences for added security.’
    • ‘The security is immense, with rolls of barbed wire and an electric fence.’
    • ‘This sun loving plant is well suited to grow on both barbed wire or other fences, arbours and trellises.’
    • ‘We put security around the place where we found it first of all just barbed wire fence and one guard.’
    • ‘On the right of it, was a parking lot surrounded by a chain fence and barbed wire.’
    • ‘The experience begins with the forbidding entrance, which is fenced with barbed wire.’


barbed wire

/ˈbärb(d) ˈˌwī(ə)r//ˈbɑrb(d) ˈˌwaɪ(ə)r/