A bark is the loud, sharp sound a dog makes. Seals also bark, and people sometimes bark with laughter or bark out commands.

Bark is both a noun and a verb: if your dog is known for his noisy bark, it means that he barks all the time. There is also the type of bark that covers the trunk of a tree, and yet another bark, an old-fashioned word for a masted ship. When you "bark up the wrong tree," you have completely misunderstood a situation, the way a squirrel-chasing dog does when she literally barks in the wrong direction.

Primary Meanings of bark

the sound made by a dog
make barking sounds
tough protective covering of the woody stems and roots of trees and other woody plants
remove the bark of a tree
a sailing ship with 3 (or more) masts
Full Definitions of bark

n the sound made by a dog

the bark of a dog
Type of:
the characteristic utterance of an animal

n a noise resembling the bark of a dog

Type of:
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

v make barking sounds

“The dogs barked at the stranger”
bay, quest
bark with prolonged noises, of dogs
yap, yelp, yip
bark in a high-pitched tone
Type of:
emit, let loose, let out, utter
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

v speak in an unfriendly tone

“She barked into the dictaphone”
Type of:
mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
express in speech

n tough protective covering of the woody stems and roots of trees and other woody plants

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cinnamon, cinnamon bark
aromatic bark used as a spice
Chinese cinnamon, cassia bark
aromatic bark of the cassia-bark tree; less desirable as a spice than Ceylon cinnamon bark
cinnamon bark
aromatic bark of Saigon cinnamon used medicinally as a carminative
dried bark of various magnolias; used in folk medicine
bark rich in tannin; bruised and cut in pieces to use for tanning; spent tanbark used as a ground covering
the dried bark of the shrub mezereon
canella, canella bark, white cinnamon
highly aromatic inner bark of the Canella winterana used as a condiment and a tonic
Jesuit's bark, Peruvian bark, cinchona, cinchona bark
medicinal bark of cinchona trees; source of quinine and quinidine
cascarilla bark, eleuthera bark, sweetwood bark
aromatic bark of cascarilla; used as a tonic and for making incense
cascara, cascara sagrada, chittam bark, chittem bark
dried bark of the cascara buckthorn used as a laxative
winter's bark
aromatic bark having tonic and stimulant properties
tapa, tapa bark, tappa, tappa bark
the thin fibrous bark of the paper mulberry and Pipturus albidus
angostura, angostura bark
the bitter bark of a South American tree; used in medicines and liqueurs and bitters
outer bark of the cork oak; used for stoppers for bottles etc.
cork, phellem
(botany) outer tissue of bark; a protective layer of dead cells
Type of:
cover, covering, natural covering
a natural object that covers or envelops

v remove the bark of a tree

Type of:
remove the surface from

v tan (a skin) with bark tannins

Type of:
treat skins and hides with tannic acid so as to convert them into leather

v cover with bark

Type of:
provide with a covering or cause to be covered

n a sailing ship with 3 (or more) masts

Type of:
sailing ship, sailing vessel
a vessel that is powered by the wind; often having several masts

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