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Most importantly for the denizens of Arrse a large tub like container, usually made of wood, in which your precious beer is stored, prior to it being stored in you.

Less importantly:

On a gun, the barrel is the bit between the breech and the muzzle.

It's usually circular, and usually has a circular hole through the middle down which the bullet, shot or shell travels after the propellant is ignited and gas pressure forces the projectile towards the muzzle. The hole through the middle is called the bore. The diameter of this hole is called the calibre.

The length of the barrel in an artillery or tank gun is measured in calibre-lengths, sometimes abbreviated to "L". Thus the WW2 German 88mm L71 tank gun had a barrel that was 71x88mm long.

Generally, the longer the barrel, the higher the muzzle velocity as the propellant gas has longer to act. The accuracy is also usually improved by a longer barrel as the projectile has longer to be pointed in the right direction before it leaves the muzzle.

The barrel is usually made of metal, and can be rifled or smoothbore.

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