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 for barn
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Barn \Barn\ (b[aum]rn), n. [OE. bern, AS. berern, bern; bere
     barley + ern, [ae]rn, a close place. [root]92. See Barley.]
     A covered building used chiefly for storing grain, hay, and
     other productions of a farm. In the United States a part of
     the barn is often used for stables.
     [1913 Webster]
     Barn owl (Zool.), an owl of Europe and America ({Aluco
        flammeus, or Strix flammea), which frequents barns and
        other buildings.
     Barn swallow (Zool.), the common American swallow ({Hirundo
        horreorum), which attaches its nest of mud to the beams
        and rafters of barns.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Barn \Barn\, v. t.
     To lay up in a barn. [Obs.] --Shak.
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           Men . . . often barn up the chaff, and burn up the
           grain.                                   --Fuller.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Barn \Barn\, n.
     A child. See Bairn. [Obs.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an outlying farm building for storing grain or animal feed
           and housing farm animals
      2: (physics) a unit of nuclear cross section; the effective
         circular area that one particle presents to another as a
         target for an encounter [syn: barn, b]

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      [uncommon; prob. from the nuclear military] An unexpectedly large quantity
      of something: a unit of measurement. ?Why is /var/adm taking up so much
      space?? ?The logs have grown to several barns.? The source of this is
      clear: when physicists were first studying nuclear interactions, the
      probability was thought to be proportional to the cross-sectional area of
      the nucleus (this probability is still called the cross-section). Upon
      experimenting, they discovered the interactions were far more probable than
      expected; the nuclei were ?as big as a barn?. The units for cross-sections
      were christened Barns, (10^-24 cm^2) and the book containing cross-sections
      has a picture of a barn on the cover.

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     a storehouse (Deut. 28:8; Job 39:12; Hag. 2:19) for grain, which
     was usually under ground, although also sometimes above ground
     (Luke 12:18).

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  BARN, estates. A building on a farm used to receive the crop, the stabling 
  of animals, and other purposes. 
       2. The grant or demise of a barn, without words superadded to extend 
  its meaning, would pass no more than the barn itself, and as much land as 
  would be necessary for its complete enjoyment. 4 Serg. & Rawle, 342. 

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