Barrier vs Zeriba - What's the difference?

barrier | zeriba |


As nouns the difference between barrier and zeriba

is that barrier is a structure that bars passage while zeriba is a fence, particularly those once commonly improvised in northeastern africa from thornbushes.

As a verb zeriba is

to erect or take refuge within a zereba.

barrier

Noun

(en noun)
  • A structure that bars passage.
  • An obstacle or impediment.
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  • A boundary or limit.
  • Derived terms

    * barrier reef * color barrier * crash barrier * diffusion-barrier * half-barrier * ice barrier * language barrier * racial barrier * sound barrier * tilt barrier * tire barrier * toll barrier

    zeriba

    English

    Alternative forms

    * zareba (particularly in figurative uses) * seriba, sariba * zerybeh * zereba, zareeba, zerriba

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A fence, particularly those once commonly improvised in northeastern Africa from thornbushes.
  • * 1849 , O'Reilly translating Werne, Exped. Sources White Nile , II 112:
  • A shining seriba of reeds, the stalks of which ... perhaps only afford resistance to tame animals.
  • * 1895 , A. H. Keane translating W. Junker, Trav. in Afr. , I v 245:
  • The expression ‘'zeriba country ’ applied by some geographers to the northern slope of the Nile–Congo divide.
  • (label) An improvised stockade, particularly those similarly located and constructed.
  • * 1884 Mar. 11, Times , 5:
  • The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) advanced this morning to Baker Pasha's zariba .
  • (label) A camp of troops employing such an enclosure.
  • * 1887''' Apr. 9, ''Times , 5:
  • ...Forming a zariba , or square, to resist cavalry.
  • (label) Any wild and barbed barrier, evocative of a briar or thorn patch.
  • * 1910 , :
  • Once you had passed the initial zareba of fruit stands, souvenir stands, ice-cream stands, and the lair of the enthusiast whose aim in life it was to sell you picture post-cards, and had won through to the long walk where the seats were, you were practically alone with Nature.
  • * 1961 , P. G. Wodehouse, Ice in Bedroom , vii. 52:
  • Owing to his obiter dicta having to be filtered through a zareba of white hair, it was not always easy to catch exactly what Mr. Cornelius said.

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To erect or take refuge within a zereba.
  • * 1885 July, 19th Cent. , 89:
  • The Brigadier ordered the force to zereba on the best position that was near.
  • * 1911 , "Somaliland" in the Encyclopædia Britannica 11th ed., Vol. 25:
  • On the 2nd of June a small force, zeribaed under Captain Malcolm McNeill, was attacked by the mullah's followers but repulsed after desperate fighting.

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