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
- ‘It is understood that she was working in a hay barn when two large straw bales fell from a stack onto her.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The traditional farm buildings are located behind the farmhouse and include a bothy, stores, barn and livestock accommodation.’
- ‘The livestock pens and barns held little interest for her, although she took the time to check out the horse barn, filled with stalls.’
- ‘An enclosed stone-built courtyard houses a range of farm buildings, a hay barn and a secure workshop.’
- ‘He confirmed that his prior letter requesting permission for a barn and livestock was ‘inaccurate’.’
- ‘Also within the wall would have been a well, latrines, a chapel, workshops, barns, pens for livestock, hen houses and perhaps other outbuildings.’
- ‘This configuration recalls the form of traditional livestock barns with a center walkway and animal stalls to each side.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Windows were opened, livestock rustled in their barns, children's voices began to mingle with those of their parents.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Clean livestock barns have fewer fly problems.’
- ‘His statement about building livestock barns in swampy areas is particularly insulting.’
- ‘At that time it was a conventional row-crop farm with an unused barn and silos.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The hogs are farrowed outdoors or in barns or hoop buildings with bedding.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We remodeled part of a barn on Colin's farm into a wire-floored nursery with pull-plug flush gutters and an outside pit.’
- ‘Instead of him hauling silage into the barn and manure out, the cows do it now, he says.’
- 1.1North American A large shed used for storing vehicles.
- ‘In the car barn we saw numbers 2002 through 6 in various stages of build.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘One barn featured rapid transit cars that were awaiting some restoration.’
- ‘ALL Santa wants for Christmas is a new barn, shed or stable for his sleigh.’
- ‘Build your ideal garage, coach house style car barn, workshop or storage barn with these blueprints’
- 1.2 A large and unattractive building.‘moved into that barn of a house’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Borley Rectory, a rambling, ramshackle Victorian barn of a house, sprawled on an Essex hillside, had little to offer.’
- ‘It was a great barn of a place with a cement floor, fibreboard partitions and windows only at the extreme river end.’
- ‘My family was able to offer practical support in the shape of hospitality in our then vast barn of a place in St Andrews.’
- ‘If you're not enlightened, Savemart is this big second-hand barn of a store nestled in the industrial sprawl of northern Te Rapa.’
- ‘London's Olympia exhibition hall is a vast barn of a place, home for everything from sporting events to antiques fairs.’
- ‘I will never return to this barn of a restaurant, and would frankly rather eat roaches.’
- ‘I ran into the first barn of a tavern I could reach.’
- ‘The Palestra is a fantastic old barn of a basketball arena.’
Old English bern, berern, from bere ‘barley’ + ern, ærn ‘house’.
A unit of area, 10⁻²⁸ square meters, used especially in particle physics.
- ‘The barn is typically used to measure the cross section for nuclear reactions.’
- ‘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.’
1940s: apparently from the phrase as big as a barn door.
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