One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Building. A bar or strip inserted lengthwise inside the sill of an external door or window to prevent water getting in.
2Papermaking. Each of a pair of additional wires in a mould, between the outer chain wire and the edge; an impression in paper of a line produced by such a wire.
3Engineering. A tubular bar in a fire grate or boiler through which water is passed to be heated.
4US. A low ridge made slantwise across a sloping road or track to divert surface water to one side.
Late 17th century (in an earlier sense). From water + bar.
water bar/ˈwɔːtə ˌbɑː/
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