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1. A vessel or cask, of more length than breadth, round and bulging in the middle, made of staves and heading, and bound with hoops.
2. The quantity which a barrel contains. Of wine measure, the English barrel contains 31 gallons, of beer measure, 36 gallons of ale, 32 gallons and of beer-vinegar, 34 gallons.

Of weight, a barrel of Essex butter Isaiah 106 pounds of Suffolk butter,256, a barrel of herring should contain 32 gallons wine measure, and hold 1000 herrings a barrel of salmon should contain 42 gallons a barrel of soap should weigh 256 lbs.

In America, the contents of a barrel are regulated by statutes.

In Connecticut, the barrel for liquors must contain 31 gallons, each gallon to contain 231 cubic inches. In New York, a barrel of flour by statute must contain either 196 lb. or 228 weight. The barrel of beef and pork in New York and Connecticut, Isaiah 200 lbs. In general, the contents of barrels, as defined by statute, in this country, must be from 28 to 31 1/2 gallons.

3. Any thing hollow and long, as the barrel of a gun a tube.
4. A cylinder as the barrel of a watch, within which the spring is coiled, and round which is wound the chain.
5. A cavity behind the tympanum of the ear is called the barrel of the ear. It is four or five lines deep, and five or six wide, and covered with a fine membrane. It is more usually called the cavity of the tympanum.

BAR'REL, To put in a barrel to pack in a barrel with salt for preservation, as to barrel beef, pork or fish.

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Dictionary of Words from the King James Bible. Public Domain. Copy freely.
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The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

Bibliography Information
Entry for 'Barrel'. King James Dictionary.

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