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barn   WordNet 2.0

- an outlying farm building for storing grain or animal feed and housing farm animals

 
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- (physics) a unit of nuclear cross section

- the effective circular area that one particle presents to another as a target for an encounter

 
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Barn   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. A covered building used chiefly for storing grain, hay, and other productions of a farm. In the United States a part of the barn is often used for stables.

Barn owl
(Zoöl.), an owl of Europe and America (Aluco flammeus, or Strix flammea), which frequents barns and other buildings.

Barn swallow
(Zoöl.), the common American swallow (Hirundo horreorum), which attaches its nest of mud to the beams and rafters of barns.

 
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1. To lay up in a barn. [Obs.] Shak.

"Men . . . often barn up the chaff, and burn up the grain. Fuller." --

 
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1. A child. [Obs.] See Bairn.

 
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