[n] one of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather
[n] a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove
[n] the pointed part of barbed wire
[n] an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect; "his parting shot was `drop dead'"; "she threw shafts of sarcasm"; "she takes a dig at me every chance she gets"
[v] provide with barbs, as of fences, for example; "barbed wire"
[v] provide with barbs; "barbed wire"