Barrel of the ear
Barrel Bar"rel (b[a^]r"r[e^]l), n.[OE. barel, F. baril, prob. fr. barre bar. Cf. {Barricade}.] 1. A round vessel or cask, of greater length than breadth, and bulging in the middle, made of staves bound with hoops, and having flat ends or heads; as, a cracker barrel. Sometimes applied to a similar cylindrical container made of metal, usually called a {drum}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. The quantity which constitutes a full barrel. This varies for different articles and also in different places for the same article, being regulated by custom or by law. A barrel of wine is 311/2 gallons; a barrel of flour is 196 pounds. [1913 Webster]

3. A solid drum, or a hollow cylinder or case; as, the barrel of a windlass; the barrel of a watch, within which the spring is coiled. [1913 Webster]

4. A metallic tube, as of a gun, from which a projectile is discharged. --Knight. [1913 Webster]

5. A jar. [Obs.] --1 Kings xvii. 12. [1913 Webster]

6. (Zo["o]l.) The hollow basal part of a feather. [1913 Webster]

{Barrel bulk} (Com.), a measure equal to five cubic feet, used in estimating capacity, as of a vessel for freight.

{Barrel drain} (Arch.), a drain in the form of a cylindrical tube.

{Barrel of a boiler}, the cylindrical part of a boiler, containing the flues.

{Barrel of the ear} (Anat.), the tympanum, or tympanic cavity.

{Barrel organ}, an instrument for producing music by the action of a revolving cylinder.

{Barrel vault}. See under {Vault}. [1913 Webster]


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