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[on-ruhsh, awn-] /ˈɒnˌrʌʃ, ˈɔn-/
a strong forward rush, flow, etc.
Origin of onrush
1835-45; on + rush1, after the verb phrase rush on
Related forms
onrushing, adjective
onset, torrent, flood, charge. Unabridged
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  • While he had been speaking, the onrush of the storm had blotted out the moon.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • As she had stooped to pick it up, she had been knocked to her knees by the onrush of the others.

  • But his sailors were no match for the onrush of these fiends from Dunkirk.

  • We sprang from rock to rock and evaded the onrush of the foaming waves.

    The Crack of Doom Robert Cromie
  • It is impossible to estimate the value of the rural church in the onrush of civilization.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
  • A drunkard, mad-drunk, blind-drunk with the draught of his onrush.

    The Combined Maze May Sinclair
  • A furious sweep of Nicky's arm simulated the onrush of his inspiration.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
  • The sleepers were aroused by the onrush and there was much commotion within.

  • He gently halted their onrush and waved them back to their seats.

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
  • But now as she listened she heard nothing but the onrush of distant waters.

    The Secret Mark

    Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for onrush


a forceful forward rush or flow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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