What is barrel?

  • (verb): Put in barrels.
    See also — Additional definitions below


A barrel, cask, or tun is a hollow cylindrical container, traditionally made of wooden staves bound by wooden or metal hoops. Traditionally, the barrel was a standard size of measure referring to a set capacity or weight of a given commodity. For example, in the UK a barrel of beer refers to a quantity of 36 imperial gallons. Wine was shipped in barrels of 119 litres (31 US gal). A small barrel is called a keg.

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Some articles on barrel:

Barrel - Sizes
... A barrel is one of several units of volume, with dry barrels, fluid barrels (UK beer barrel, US beer barrel), oil barrel, etc ... The volume of some barrel units is double others, with various volumes in the range of about 100–200 litres (22–44 imp gal 26–53 US gal) ... English wine cask units gallon rundlet barrel tierce hogshead firkin, puncheon, tertian pipe, butt tun 1 tun 2 ... pipes, butts 1. 1⁄2 3 firkins, puncheons, tertians 1. 1⁄3 4 ... hogsheads 1. 1⁄2 2 3 ...
BL 60 Pounder Gun - Description - General Features
... The barrel was a wire wound A tube in a jacket with a screw breach ... Recoil system was below the barrel and used a hydraulic buffer with a hydro-pneumatic recuperator to return the barrel to its firing position ...
Slug Barrel
... A slug barrel is a barrel for a shotgun that is designed primarily to fire slugs. ...
Wine Cave - Humidity
... and over 85% for whites to be ideal for wine aging and barrel storage ... In Northern California, wine barrel evaporation in a surface warehouse is on the order of 4 gallons (15.1 liters) per each 60 gallon (227 liter) barrel per year ... In a wine cave, barrel evaporation is reduced to about 1 gallon (3.8 liters) per barrel per year ...
Tun (unit) - Units - Barrel
... Further information Barrel (unit) The wine barrel was half a wine hogshead, a quarter of a butt, an eighth of a tun or approximately 118 to 120 litres ... The imperial wine barrel was 26+1⁄4 imperial gallons (119.3348625 litres) and the US wine barrel was 31+1⁄4 US gallons (118.29411825 litres) ...

More definitions of "barrel":

  • (noun): A cylindrical container that holds liquids.
    Synonyms: cask
  • (noun): A bulging cylindrical shape; hollow with flat ends.
    Synonyms: drum
  • (noun): The quantity that a barrel (of any size) will hold.
    Synonyms: barrelful
  • (noun): Any of various units of capacity.
    Example: "A barrel of beer is 31 gallons and a barrel of oil is 42 gallons"
    Synonyms: bbl
  • (noun): A tube through which a bullet travels when a gun is fired.
    Synonyms: gun barrel

Famous quotes containing the word barrel:

    Peaches grow wild, and pigs can live in clover;
    A barrel of salted herrings lasts a year;
    The spring begins before the winter’s over.
    Elinor Wylie (1885–1928)

    I am from time to time congratulating myself on my general want of success as a lecturer; apparent want of success, but is it not a real triumph? I do my work clean as I go along, and they will not be likely to want me anywhere again. So there is no danger of my repeating myself, and getting to a barrel of sermons, which you must upset, and begin again with.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    I was born a mechanic, and made a barrel before I was ten years old. The cooper told my father, “Fanny made that barrel, and has done it quicker and better than any boy I have had after six months’ training.” My father looked at it and said, “What a pity that you were not born a boy so that you could be good for something. Run into the house, child, and go to knitting.”
    Frances D. Gage (1808–1884)