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Synonyms for barb

Synonyms for barb

an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect

the pointed part of barbed wire

a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove

one of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather

provide with barbs

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the origins of the war, or to the barb wire trenches of the First World
We were most surprised to find that the barbs on quills serve a dual function.
Quill PDO[R] is an absorbable polydioxanone monofilament with bidirectional barbs that pull through tissue in one direction and catch in the opposite direction.
In the event of a large bladder neck, where the last 2 cm of the V-Loc suture was required (no barbs along this segment), Lapra-Ty clips would help secure tension.
Air Logic manufactures a comprehensive line of nylon and polypropylene plastic fittings with barbs for 1/16-, 3/32-, 1/8- or 0.
They said all the right things Monday as they prepared their teams to meet Saturday in Seattle, just more than eight months after trading public barbs about negative recruiting that earned each a reprimand from Pacific-10 Conference commissioner Tom Hansen.
The challenge is separating a feather's quill--the shaft--from its barbs, the fibers extending from the quill.
Although the whole feather is made of keratin, the crystal structure of the protein in the brittle central quill is different from that in the soft but durable barbs; only the barbs have the desirable properties.
Wire barbed twist alternating barbs cortantese regular 5 on 5 inches, galvanized wire, high resistance to corrosion, diameter 1.
One especially tricky case involves species where the males have mating organs that are supplied with hooks, barbs, and flukes that cause internal injuries in females during mating.
The BOSS is an orthopaedic nitinol implant with barbs on the legs for bone adhesion.
There's also usually the ``fifth Marx Brother'' - a character based on Margaret Dumont's enduring foil, the fusty, pompous buffoon at whom Groucho aimed most of his barbs.
The lice hide between the barbs sprouting from the central shaft, reports Moyer's Utah colleague Sarah Al-Tamimi.
Instead, Value uses slides and core inserts to make the barbs without creating this parting line.
The 1927 musical ``Strike Up the Band'' is a delightful bit of fluff that has survived all these years because of its classic George and Ira Gershwin songs and the witty barbs of George S.