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barb

(bärb)
n.
1. A sharp point projecting in reverse direction to the main point of a weapon or tool, as on an arrow or fishhook.
2. Zoology A small, sharp point projecting in reverse direction from the tip, as on a porcupine quill or a bee sting.
3. Zoology One of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather.
4. Botany A short, sharp, reflexed bristle or hairlike projection.
5. See barbel1.

Barb

1. originally a distinct line of black Australian kelpies, but now the term is generally applied to any black kelpie.
2. a riding horse of great antiquity native to North Africa; bay, brown, chestnut, black, gray and 14 to 15 hands high. The foundation of the andalusian breed.
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Many types of barbed wire vary only in the twist of the barb.
Thus, using unidirectional knotless barbed suture to close uterine wall defects after laparoscopic enucleation of fibroids solves two of the biggest challenges laparoscopic surgeons face in endoscopic suturing: the difficulties in knot tying and maintenance of adequate tension on the suture line, said Dr.
Mr Fabricant said: 'If a burglar injures himself on barbed wire while gaining illegal entry to someone's property, he can sue the property holder for personal injury.
Kendell Geers, for instance, has juxtaposed Self-Portrait, 1995--the broken neck of a Heineken bottle (a Dutch export)--with an enormous barrier of barbed wire, behind which a black wall bears the inscription of a war story (T.
The sale, shipment and use of barbed wire was a learning experience for all concerned but, in the end, the new product was an effective, economical alternative to all other fencing materials.
Premium Grade Barbed Fittings are manufactured with special processes and quality control measures in order to meet exacting instrument applications.
Also notable is the barbed fitting in the bottom of the bottle--the outside diameter of the grommet seals on the sides of the hole in the bottle.
State officials said the hospital will be surrounded by barbed wire and an electrified fence; its security would be the responsibility of the state corrections department, which runs state prisons.
In the modest-sized North America Divided, 1991, our view of the horizon at dusk is obstructed by a broken tree branch ensnared in a single strand of barbed wire and suspended in mid air.