bark´less

bark´less
bark 1 «bahrk», noun, verb.
–noun.
1. the tough, outside covering of the trunk, branches, and roots of trees and shrubs.
2. = tanbark (def. 1). (Cf.tanbark)
–transitive verb.
1. to strip the bark from (a tree or other plant).
2. Figurative. to scrape the skin from (shins or knuckles): »

I fell down the steps and barked my shins.

3. to cut out a ring of bark from around (a tree) in order to kill it; girdle.
4. to cover with or as if with bark.
5. to tan (hides or skins) with tanbark.
[< Scandinavian (compare Old Icelandic börkr)]
bark´less, adjective.
bark 2 «bahrk», noun, verb.
–noun.
1. the short, sharp sound that a dog makes: »

The dog's bark frightened the baby.

SYNONYM(S): yelp, bay.
2. a sound like this, especially one that is short, sharp, and repeated; crack: »

the bark of a fox; Figurative. the bark of a gun.

3. Informal, Figurative. a cough.
[< verb]
–intransitive verb.
1. to make this sound or one like it: »

The dog barked. Figurative. Rifles barked from behind every tree.

2. Informal, Figurative. to cough.
3. U.S. Informal, Figurative. to call out at the entrance of a cheap show, store, or other attraction, to draw customers.
–transitive verb.
Figurative. to shout sharply; speak gruffly.
[Old English beorcan]
bark3 «bahrk», noun.
1. a ship with three masts, square-rigged on the first two masts and fore-and-aft-rigged on the other.
2. Archaic. a boat; ship. Also, barque.
[< Middle French barque < Old French < Old Provençal barca < Latin, probably ultimately < Greek bâris flat-bottomed Egyptian boat]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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