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barn dance
converted barn (=barn changed into a house)
▪ a 19th-century converted barn
Dutch barn
house/barn/loft etc conversionBritish English (= when you change the use of a house, barn etc, so that it becomes apartments, a house, a room etc)
▪ The heat and stench of the converted barn was suddenly unbearable.
▪ The guest accommodation is an attractive converted barn attached to the main house.
▪ This procedure naturally produced very large barns.
▪ The size of the smelter looks on par with several large barns, and at least eight houses are visible.
▪ The large barn, supported by stone buttresses, may have been the charcoal store.
▪ The large barn was converted into a studio 30 years ago by its former owner, the late artist Eric Sloane.
▪ A MacDougall &038; Co. had erected a large malt barn and brick stalk.
▪ There was a large barn behind the gallery and originally a door at each end, one leading to the house.
▪ She kept a Tiger Moth at the time, housed in an old barn, using the South Meadow as an airstrip.
▪ Tom and I were left alone in an old barn.
▪ Getting people to the old barn won't be difficult, if we need to do it.
▪ About 200 yards from his mansion, in an old barn, he even kept an armored personnel carrier.
▪ That old barn belongs to Daddy.
▪ These offered wide-open vistas of rolling farmland, old wooden barns and silos, all surrounded by stunning foliage.
▪ He made his way to the old barn on the corner of their three acres.
▪ His uncle owned the Music Box, an old barn converted to a dance hail on their apple farm just outside Hollybush.
▪ On it lay plans for a barn conversion.
▪ This barn conversion had about two acres of totally untouched field surrounding it.
▪ This will be followed by an evening barn dance.
▪ Central Birmingham Group held a barn dance which raised £200; door-to-door the group collected £1,300.
▪ He would still be mending that barn door.
▪ Beyond - the shadowy barn doors, closed.
▪ But as I get closer to the barn door, I become apprehensive.
▪ Improbable because compared to the plump, leather-lined Bentley, a barn door has the frontal area of a postage stamp.
▪ Would I defend him if some shooters walked through the barn door?
▪ The old barn door was open.
▪ On the range Morenz could not hit a barn door.
▪ We told them to get out.Three deny they left twins to die in barn fire.
▪ Read in studio Farm animals have been killed and thousands of bales of hay destroyed in a barn fire.
▪ Sheer panic: Accused describes the barn fire that killed twin sisters.
▪ In Central News tonight: Open verdict: Family of barn fire victim say it rules out suicide.
▪ Left to die: Court hears of twins' death in barn fire.
▪ Marc died in a mysterious barn fire in Stroud almost nine months ago.
▪ Cylinders of acetylene were believed to have gone up in what was originally reported as a simple barn fire.
▪ Following the demise of the canal, the old wharf buildings found a new use as hay barns for the adjoining farm.
▪ Time allowed 01:25 Read in studio Police are hunting arsonists who're targeting hay barns at the height of the harvest.
▪ I hope to rear another barn owl like Dawn some day, from the egg to the jesses.
▪ The king snake and the barn owl are natural predators.
▪ After a century of population decline, only 4,000 of Britain's estimated 25,000 pairs of barn owls live in the wild.
▪ These values contrast with correlations between the barn owl and kestrel samples of r 0.189-0.355.
▪ Fig. 2.1 Comparison of mandibular lengths of four barn owl prey assemblages.
▪ Once poison has temporarily reduced rat populations to almost zero, predation by barn owls can slow the recovery.
▪ And barn owls are very inquisitive, as I discovered later when I began to take Dawn out into the fields.
▪ Road fragmentation kills vulnerable species, e.g. barn owls.
▪ Take the horses out and lead them over to the tithe barn.
▪ The tithe barns, the Rectory, the toll bridges no longer controlled daily life, but they still punctuated the landscape.
▪ Until you have time and money to build a barn, a rick-yard may be the only alternative.
▪ It all began in 1978, when he was hired to build the barn in which he is now seated.
▪ In the eighteenth century it seemed impossible to build a barn without creating a work of art.
▪ I visited one farm that obtained permission to convert a barn for use as a place to pack boxes.
▪ Have you converted a barn into a comfortable home?
▪ We told them to get out.Three deny they left twins to die in barn fire.
▪ Marc died in a mysterious barn fire in Stroud almost nine months ago.
▪ The rest had followed Hazel when he roused them and, without explanation, told them to go quickly outside the barn.
▪ Ellen, you want to go to the sheep barn or to the hogs?
▪ I got dressed and went into the barn and looked for the old wooden trunk near the rear entrance.
▪ All five had gone to the barn after an evening in the pub.
▪ She goes to the barn to milk Marilyn.
▪ The twins and three men had gone to the barn after an evening in a pub.
▪ The men who went out to the barn came in soaked to the skin.
▪ Also houses, barns and trucks.
▪ Chuck Moxon and his partner took the suspect barn.
▪ He's got a big loft empty in one of his barns.
▪ I chased him with the pitchfork and he ran in the barn.
▪ Inside a yellow barn set in rolling green hills, 10 Sufis spin like synchronized tops across the wooden floor.
▪ The men who went out to the barn came in soaked to the skin.
▪ There had been a pair using this barn, but, as so often happens these days, they deserted their nest.
▪ There were a few Commandos resting in the barn, they looked up as I entered but showed no recognition.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Barn \Barn\ (b[aum]rn), n. [OE. bern, AS. berern, bern; bere barley + ern, [ae]rn, a close place. [root]92. See Barley.] 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 (Zo["o]l.), an owl of Europe and America ( Aluco flammeus, or Strix flammea), which frequents barns and other buildings.

Barn swallow (Zo["o]l.), the common American swallow ( Hirundo horreorum), which attaches its nest of mud to the beams and rafters of barns.


Barn \Barn\, v. t. To lay up in a barn. [Obs.]

Men . . . often barn up the chaff, and burn up the grain.


Barn \Barn\, n. A child. See Bairn. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English bereærn "barn," literally "barley house," from bere "barley" (see barley) + aern "house," metathesized from *rann, *rasn (cognates: Old Norse rann, Gothic razn "house," Old English rest "resting place;" sealtærn "saltworks").\n\nBarley was not always the only crop grown as the data recovered at Bishopstone might suggest but it is always the most commonly represented, followed by wheat and then rye and oats.

[C.J. Arnold, "An Archaeology of the Early Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms," 1988, p.36]

\nAnother word for "barn" in Old English was beretun, "barley enclosure" (from tun "enclosure, house"), which accounts for the many Barton place names on the English map, and the common surname. Barn door used figuratively for "broad target" and "great size" since 1540s.

Etymology 1 n. (label en agriculture) A building, often found on a farm, used for storage or keeping animals such as cattle. vb. (context transitive English) To lay up in a barn. Etymology 2

n. (context dialect parts of Northern England English) A child.

  1. n. an outlying farm building for storing grain or animal feed and housing farm animals

  2. (physics) a unit of nuclear cross section; the effective circular area that one particle presents to another as a target for an encounter [syn: b]

Barn (unit)

A barn (symbol b) is a unit of area equal to 10 m (100  fm). Originally used in nuclear physics for expressing the cross sectional area of nuclei and nuclear reactions, today it is also used in all fields of high-energy physics to express the cross sections of any scattering process, and is best understood as a measure of the probability of interaction between small particles. A barn is approximately the cross-sectional area of a uranium nucleus. The barn is also the unit of area used in nuclear quadrupole resonance and nuclear magnetic resonance to quantify the interaction of a nucleus with an electric field gradient. While the barn is not an SI unit, the SI standards body accepts its use with SI units due to its continued use in particle physics.


A barn is an agricultural building usually located on farms and used for various purposes. In the North American area, a barn refers to structures that house livestock, including cattle and horses, as well as equipment and fodder, and often grain. As a result, the term barn is often qualified e.g. tobacco barn, dairy barn, sheep barn, potato barn. In the British Isles and Continental Europe, the term barn is restricted mainly to storage structures for unthreshed cereals and fodder, the terms byre or shippon being applied to cow shelters, whereas horses are kept in buildings known as stables. On the Continent, however, barns were often part of integrated structures known as byre-dwellings (or housebarns in US literature). In addition, barns may be used for equipment storage, as a covered workplace, and for activities such as threshing.

Barn (disambiguation)

A barn is a farm building for livestock and hay storage.

Barn may also refer to:

  • Barn (unit), a unit of cross section area used in nuclear and particle physics
  • Barn (Welsh magazine), a current affairs magazine from Wales
  • Barn, West Virginia, a community in the United States
  • The Barn (Los Angeles), a house built by A. Quincy Jones
  • The Barn, the former Alan Irish Barn, an art and music studio in Vermont, US
  • Bärn, German name of the town Moravský Beroun, Czech Republic
Barn (Welsh magazine)

Barn ( Welsh for 'Opinion') is a monthly Welsh language current affairs magazine. It was established in 1962 and over 500 issues have been published. Its first editor was Emlyn Evans and it was published by Llyfrau'r Dryw, Llandybie (later Swansea). Its current editors are now Vaughan Hughes and Menna Baines, who took over from Dyfrig Jones in 2008, and the magazine is now published by Gwasg Dinefwr.

Barn includes articles relating to politics, language, culture, art and sport from Wales, the UK and abroad from a Welsh perspective. The magazine has a prominent place in the history of the Welsh language and the Welsh nationalist movement in the second half of the 20th century, particularly under the editorial-ship of Alwyn D. Rees.

Usage examples of "barn".

Toronto for you -- and Canada, because this country is still pretty much pioneer in its deepest feelings and thinks art is something the women amuse themselves with in the long winter evenings -- you know, knitting, tatting, and barbola -- while the men drink bootleg hooch in the barn.

Horace Guester was out in the barn stuffing straw into new bedticks, so Alvin asked Old Peg for use of the sleigh.

To be taken to a deserted barn in Ramsden Bellhouse did make him feel a little bit nervous.

She wanted them to be gone now, now, before anything else happened, as if the plague were waiting to leap out at them like the bogeyman from the church or the brewhouse or the barn.

Thus while the busy dame bustled about the house or plied her spinning-wheel at one end of the piazza, honest Balt would sit smoking his evening pipe at the other, watching the achievements of a little wooden warrior who, armed with a sword in each hand, was most valiantly fighting the wind on the pinnacle of the barn.

Brotherhood gathered in the barn and looked on as the big German ex-commando explained the operation of the portable hydrogenator in halting English.

Grania thought of how content she had been to sit on the veranda beside Mamo as dusk settled over the milk house and the barn and turned their shapes to silhouettes.

The guanoed portion continued at harvest to be decidedly better than that manured from the barn yard and stable.

It has now been pastured freely during two summers, and been exposed to the action of the frosts of two winters, and upon the guanoed portion I have not yet seen a single clover root thrown out of the ground, while from the part manured from the barn yard, it has almost entirely disappeared.

In the fall, the field was sown with wheat, manuring heavily from the barn yard, adjoining the guano, but not spread on the two lands, or on the boned portion of the field.

Alec sat astride Black Minx outside the barn, awaiting any special instructions from Henry.

Afrikan or a country postmaster to his offiss, while my hart whanged agin my ribs like a old fashioned wheat Flale agin a barn floor.

Carefully, with gentle precision, he shoulders aside the heavy double doors and guides the panzer into the concrete-walled barn.

Meggie to shrink back in the stall as the steward, Parkin, impatiently strode down the center of the barn.

The Partches, the people whose barn you slept in, showed them the items you had left behind, and then they departed.