from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Twisted strands of fence wire with barbs at regular intervals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Twisted strands of steel wire, often coated with zinc, having barbs evenly spaced along them; used to construct agricultural and military fences.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a wire, or a strand of twisted wires, armed with barbs or sharp points. It is used for fences.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. strong wire with barbs at regular intervals used to prevent passage


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  • At that time there was a village, or at least a ramshackle assemblage of huts, on the other side of the barbed wire from Camp Enari, called Sin City.


  • Lebanon's state news agency said about 40 Palestinians from various refugee camps had gathered in the southern town of Oudyssa, and that a Lebanese army unit immediately cordoned off the area "and requested the men leave and keep away from the barbed wire for their own safety."

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  • We got 3 layers of barbed wire and 50s all around the permeter.


  • “Are there not other alternatives than sending our armies to chew barbed wire in Flanders?” he demanded of Asquith on December 29.

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  • Coils of barbed wire were added to makeshift security checkpoints set up at the entrances to the square.

    Egyptians rally, demand trials for police shooters

  • The bartender was an over-the-hill ex-wrestler and competition weight lifter from New Orleans, with a walleye and a polished round head and strands of braided barbed wire tattooed around both his upper arms.

    Jolie Blon’s Bounce

  • A new extra-high chain-link fence topped with coils of barbed wire blocked access to the dry docks and the acreage where Suits envisioned his container freight station.

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  • A little later, there was another dirt road on the same side, with the same sign and the same pipe barrier, and a little after that a fence came marching at an angle out of the woods and then ran along next to the road; an eight-foot-high chain-link fence with two strands of barbed wire angling outward at the top.

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  • Washington and Swagger found the nondescript old factory building on Mannheim Road, in an area zoned for light manufacturing, each building separated from the others by cyclone fences with barbed wire discouragement up top.

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  • The convention could take place in the Chicago Amphitheatre once Daley had it wrapped in barbed wire and surrounded by armed guards.

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