bark

[[t]bɑ͟ː(r)k[/t]]
barks, barking, barked
1) VERB When a dog barks, it makes a short, loud noise, once or several times.

Don't let the dogs bark...

[V at n] A small dog barked at a seagull he was chasing.

N-COUNT
Bark is also a noun.

The Doberman let out a string of roaring barks.

2) VERB If you bark at someone, you shout at them aggressively in a loud, rough voice.

[V at n] I didn't mean to bark at you...

[V n] A policeman held his gun in both hands and barked an order. [Also V with quote]

3) N-UNCOUNT Bark is the tough material that covers the outside of a tree.
4) PHRASE: V inflects If you say that someone's bark is worse than their bite, you mean that they seem much more unpleasant or hostile than they really are. [INFORMAL]

She was used to Wu's invective. Usually, his bark was far worse than his bite.

5) be barking up the wrong treesee tree

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Bark — Bark, also known as periderm, is the outermost layer of stems and roots of woody plants such as trees. It overlays the wood and consists of three layers, the cork or phellem, the phelloderm and the cork cambium or phellogen. Products used by… …   Wikipedia

  • BARK — bezeichnet: einen Schiffstyp, siehe Bark (Schiff) einen Hersteller von Einbaumotoren für Motorräder, siehe Bark (Einbaumotoren) in der Psychoakustik ein Maß für die Tonhöhenempfindung, siehe Bark Skala die Gemeinde Bark im Kreis Segeberg in… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Bark — bezeichnet: einen Schiffstyp, siehe Bark (Schiffstyp) einen Hersteller von Einbaumotoren für Motorräder, siehe Bark (Einbaumotoren) in der Psychoakustik ein Maß für die Tonhöhenempfindung, siehe Bark Skala die Gemeinde Bark im Kreis Segeberg in… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • bark — bark; bark·hau·sen; bark·less; bark·ly·ite; bark·om·e·ter; bark·stone; em·bark; em·bark·ment; man·bark·lak; bark·en; bark·er; de·bark; man·bark·lac; …   English syllables

  • bark — bark1 [bärk] n. [ME < ON bǫrkr, akin to MLowG borke] 1. the outside covering of the stems and roots of trees and woody plants 2. some kinds of this matter used in tanning, dyeing, etc. 3. CINCHONA vt. 1. to treat with a bark infusion, as in… …   English World dictionary

  • Bark — Bark, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Barked} (?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Barking}.] 1. To strip the bark from; to peel. [1913 Webster] 2. To abrade or rub off any outer covering from; as to bark one s heel. [1913 Webster] 3. To girdle. See {Girdle}, v. t., 3.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bark — Ⅰ. bark [1] ► NOUN ▪ the sharp explosive cry of a dog, fox, or seal. ► VERB 1) give a bark. 2) utter (a command or question) abruptly or aggressively. ● one s bark is worse than one s bite Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • BARK — ( Binär Aritmetisk Relä Kalkylator , Swedish for Binary Arithmetic Relay Calculator ) was an early electromechanical computer. BARK was built using standard phone relays, implementing a 32 bit binary machine and could perform addition in 150 ms… …   Wikipedia

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  • bark — [n1] plant covering case, casing, coat, cortex, crust, husk, peeling, rind, shell, skin; concept 428 bark [n2] animal yelp bay, growl, grunt, howl, roar, snarl, woof, yap, yip; concept 64 bark [v1] yelp arf, bay, cry, gnarl, growl, howl, snap …   New thesaurus

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