Under bare poles
Bare Bare (b[^a]r), a. [OE. bar, bare, AS. b[ae]r; akin to D. & G. baar, OHG. par, Icel. berr, Sw. & Dan. bar, Oslav. bos[u^] barefoot, Lith. basas; cf. Skr. bh[=a]s to shine. [root]85.] [1913 Webster] 1. Without clothes or covering; stripped of the usual covering; naked; as, his body is bare; the trees are bare. [1913 Webster]

2. With head uncovered; bareheaded. [1913 Webster]

When once thy foot enters the church, be bare. --Herbert. [1913 Webster]

3. Without anything to cover up or conceal one's thoughts or actions; open to view; exposed. [1913 Webster]

Bare in thy guilt, how foul must thou appear ! --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. Plain; simple; unadorned; without polish; bald; meager. ``Uttering bare truth.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. Destitute; indigent; empty; unfurnished or scantily furnished; -- used with of (rarely with in) before the thing wanting or taken away; as, a room bare of furniture. ``A bare treasury.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

6. Threadbare; much worn. [1913 Webster]

It appears by their bare liveries that they live by your bare words. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

7. Mere; alone; unaccompanied by anything else; as, a bare majority. ``The bare necessaries of life.'' --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Nor are men prevailed upon by bare words. --South. [1913 Webster]

{Under bare poles} (Naut.), having no sail set. [1913 Webster]


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