a. having barbs; cutting; stinging
You pin some animals inside a barbed wire closure, then allow people to come in there and take shots at them with arrows.
Sentence in Classic:
Struggling and kicking under the cuts of the cane and the blows of the knotty stump Stephen was borne back against a barbed wire fence.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce Context
Even the cynical coolness of the war days, the drunken madness that drove him the night he carried her up the stairs, his hard fingers bruising her body, or the barbed drawling words that she now realized had covered a bitter love.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
The Knight had scarcely finished a hasty meal, ere his menial announced to him that five men, each leading a barbed steed, desired to speak with him.
It is a notched stick of a peculiar form, some two feet in length, which is perpendicularly inserted into the starboard gunwale near the bow, for the purpose of furnishing a rest for the wooden extremity of the harpoon, whose other naked, barbed end slopingly projects from the prow.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville Context
One morning the two big bulls, Gladstone and Brigham Young, thought spring had come, and they began to tease and butt at each other across the barbed wire that separated them.
In various unrevealed capacities he had come in contact with such people but always with indiscernible barbed wire between.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Context
Fifty glittering axes and barbed spears were offered unheeded at his life, but the savages respected his rank and calmness, even in their fury.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper Context