Bare (bâr), a. [OE. bar, bare, AS. bær; akin to D. & G. baar, OHG. par, Icel. berr, Sw. & Dan. bar, OSlav. bosŭ barefoot, Lith. basas; cf. Skr. bhās to shine. √85.]

1. Without clothes or covering; stripped of the usual covering; naked; as, his body is bare; the trees are bare.

2. With head uncovered; bareheaded.

When once thy foot enters the church, be bare.

3. Without anything to cover up or conceal one's thoughts or actions; open to view; exposed.

Bare in thy guilt, how foul must thou appear!

4. Plain; simple; unadorned; without polish; bald; meager. "Uttering bare truth." Shak.

5. Destitute; indigent; empty; unfurnished or scantily furnished; -- used with of (rarely with in) before the thing wanting or taken away; as, a room bare of furniture. "A bare treasury." Dryden.

6. Threadbare; much worn.

It appears by their bare liveries that they live by your bare words.

7. Mere; alone; unaccompanied by anything else; as, a bare majority. "The bare necessaries of life." Addison.

Nor are men prevailed upon by bare words.

Under bare poles (Naut.), having no sail set.

Bare, n. 1. Surface; body; substance. [R.]

You have touched the very bare of naked truth.

2. (Arch.) That part of a roofing slate, shingle, tile, or metal plate, which is exposed to the weather.

Bare. Bore; the old preterit of Bear, v.

Bare, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bared(bârd); p. pr. & vb. n. Baring.] [AS. barian. See Bare, a.] To strip off the covering of; to make bare; as, to bare the breast.