barrier

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From Old French barriere (cf. French barrière).

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barrier (plural barriers)

  1. A structure that bars passage.
  2. An obstacle or impediment.
    • 2013 June 1, “Towards the end of poverty”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 11: 
      America’s poverty line is $63 a day for a family of four. In the richer parts of the emerging world $4 a day is the poverty barrier. But poverty’s scourge is fiercest below $1.25 ([…]): people below that level live lives that are poor, nasty, brutish and short.
  3. A boundary or limit.

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