Definition of Barrage

1. Noun. The rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written). "A bombardment of mail complaining about his mistake"

Exact synonyms: Bombardment, Onslaught, Outpouring
Generic synonyms: Language, Linguistic Communication
Derivative terms: Bombard

2. Verb. Address with continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage. "The governor was bombarded with requests to grant a pardon to the convicted killer"
Exact synonyms: Bombard
Generic synonyms: Assail, Assault, Attack, Lash Out, Round, Snipe
Derivative terms: Bombardment

3. Noun. The heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target. "The shelling went on for hours without pausing"
Exact synonyms: Barrage Fire, Battery, Bombardment, Shelling
Generic synonyms: Fire, Firing
Derivative terms: Shell

Definition of Barrage

1. n. An artificial bar or obstruction placed in a river or watercourse to increase the depth of water; as, the barrages of the Nile.

Definition of Barrage

1. Noun. an artificial obstruction, such as a dam, in a river designed to increase its depth or to divert its flow ¹

2. Noun. a heavy curtain of artillery fire directed in front of one's own troops to screen and protect them ¹

3. Noun. a concentrated discharge of projectile weapons ¹

4. Noun. (context: by extension) an overwhelming outburst of words, especially of criticism ¹

5. Noun. (fencing) A "next hit wins" contest to determine the winner of a bout in case of a tie. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) to direct a barrage at; to bombard ¹

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Definition of Barrage

1. to subject to a massive attack [v -RAGED, -RAGING, -RAGES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Barrage

barrage (current term)
barrage balloon
barrage balloons
barrage fire
barrage jam
barrage jamming

Literary usage of Barrage

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Dover Patrol 1915-1917 by Sir Reginald Bacon (1919)
"The independent motion of each fraction then becomes most apparent, the lines of white foam which make the whole length of the barrage a milk-white band, ..."

2. The Redemption of Egypt by William Basil Worsfold (1899)
"CHAPTER XI THE barrage AND THE IRRIGATION SERVICE Story of the barrage—System of irrigation different in Upper and Lower Egypt —Importance of the ..."

3. The Making of Modern Egypt by Auckland Colvin (1906)
"IN 1890 the six years' work of restoration on the Nile barrage was brought to a close, ... The barrage plays so important a part in the irrigation of Egypt, ..."

4. Managing Water for Peace in the Middle East; Alternative Strategies by Masahiro Murakami (1995)
"Between 1947 and 1960 intensive river development was carried out, including the following: — on the Indus: ThaI canals, Taunsa barrage (Dera Ghazi Khan and ..."

5. The Silent Readers by William Dodge Lewis, Albert Lindsay Rowland (1920)
"barrage (bar-azh') is a word introduced into the military vocabulary during the World ... By moving the barrage line forward at a designated time ("creeping ..."

6. ... The History of the 33rd Division, A.E.F., by Frederick Louis Huidekoper by Frederic Louis Huidekoper (1921)
"Our artillery had been putting up a light barrage about three o'clock every ... This date, the barrage started at 3:02. Also, a few low flying planes ..."

7. The 32nd Division in the World War, 1917-1919 by Wisconsin War History Commission, Michigan War History Commission (1920)
"NEAR JUVIGNY, FRANCE. rolling barrage in front of the advancing infantry. It had been learned from previous experience in this sector that the German ..."

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