- Military. a heavy barrier of artillery fire to protect one's own advancing or retreating troops or to stop the advance of enemy troops.
- an overwhelming quantity or explosion, as of words, blows, or criticisms: a barrage of questions.
- Civil Engineering. an artificial obstruction in a watercourse to increase the depth of the water, facilitate irrigation, etc.
- Mycology. an aversion response of sexually incompatible fungus cultures that are growing in proximity, revealed by a persistent growth gap between them.
- to subject to a barrage.
Origin of barrage
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Examples from the Web for barrage
The barrage and immediacy of these images magnifies these horrors.You, Too, Could Be a Homicidal Zealot
July 7, 2014
Ultimately, The Slap becomes something heartwarming amidst the barrage of stinging smacks.Viral Video of the Day: Slapping Brings People Together
June 25, 2014
Styles quickly removed the photo from his Twitter account, but not before fielding a barrage of angry tweets.Pharrell, Harry Styles, and Native American Appropriation
June 4, 2014
What possible change can any one citizen instigate against that barrage of anti-intellectual, gun-toting paranoia?As Parents We’re All Gun Violence Cowards
May 30, 2014
I became numb to the barrage of smells: citrus disinfectants, burning trash, sewage, sweat, and diesel.How I’ll End the War: My First Week Back in Afghanistan
May 1, 2014
It was on the brink of the Barrage itself that I spoke to Bailey.
But we did not for a long time leave the influence of the Barrage.
I could fancy him grinning behind the sheen of his barrage at my question.
And all around him the anti-aircraft guns were placing a barrage of death.
Our barrage had lifted, but we saw no sign of advancing infantry.Pushed and the Return Push
George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
- military the firing of artillery to saturate an area, either to protect against an attack or to support an advance
- an overwhelming and continuous delivery of something, as words, questions, or punches
- a usually gated construction, similar to a low dam, across a watercourse, esp one to increase the depth of water to assist navigation or irrigation
- fencing a heat or series of bouts in a competition
- (tr) to attack or confront with a barragethe speaker was barraged with abuse
Word Origin and History for barrage
1859, "action of barring; man-made barrier in a stream," from French barrer "to stop," from barre "bar," from Old French barre (see bar (n.1)). Artillery sense is 1916, from World War I French phrase tir de barrage "barrier fire" intended to isolate the objective. As a verb by 1917. Related: Barraged; barraging.