BARB


BARB
Acronym for Broadcasters' Audience Research Board: a joint system for researching BBC and commercial television audiences, established in 1981. The board is responsible for commissioning television audience research, both quantitative (how many watched a particular programme) and qualitative (whether or not they liked the programme). The data is collected by on-line audimeters attached to the TV sets of some 3000 private households in the UK. Regional panels vary in size (up to 350 households), according to the size of the population in a television area. The data is downloaded daily. The meter records accurately when the TV is switched on, but does not indicate who is actually watching. Thus the research is supplemented by push button handsets for each member of the household aged over four years, to record when they started and finished watching.

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Synonyms:
(or excrescences like a beard), / (of a hook, etc.), , , / (of the Barbary breed), , ,


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  • Barb — Barb, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Barbed} (b[aum]rbd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Barbing}.] 1. To shave or dress the beard of. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. To clip; to mow. [Obs.] Marston. [1913 Webster] 3. To furnish with barbs, or with that which will hold or hurt …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • barb — [ba:b US ba:rb] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: barbe barb, beard , from Latin barba] 1.) the sharp curved point of a hook, ↑arrow etc that prevents it from being easily pulled out 2.) a remark that is clever and amusing, but also cruel …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • barb — [ barb ] noun count 1. ) a short curved point on something such as a fish hook that makes it difficult to remove 2. ) a remark or criticism that is unkind, although it may seem clever or funny => BARBED …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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