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.
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How to use barrage in a sentence
The process of assessing students for special education can be lengthy and often requires a barrage of assessments, including classroom observations, a psychological evaluation and academic tests.
Sony, facing an apparent barrage of refund requests, has since announced that the game will be delisted from the PlayStation store.‘Cyberpunk 2077′s’ launch, explained: Sony offers refunds, delists game from PlayStation store | Elise Favis | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
A group of gig drivers sued last week for up to $260 million in penalties, alleging the company violated their employment rights with a “constant barrage” of messages urging them to support the company’s position on the issue.Court rejects Uber drivers’ bid to bar app from pushing political message on employment status | Faiz Siddiqui, Reed Albergotti | October 28, 2020 | Washington Post
They hit district officials with a barrage of questions about equity.Some Schools Have No Teachers Willing to Return for ‘Phase One’ Reopening | Will Huntsberry | October 16, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The suit was filed more than three years ago and is part of a barrage of litigation over the last three decades that targeted Justice’s sprawling collection of coal mines, agricultural holdings and luxury resorts.This Billionaire Governor’s Companies Have Now Reached $140 Million in Lawsuit Settlements and Judgments Over Unpaid Bills | by Ken Ward Jr. and Alex Mierjeski | September 24, 2020 | ProPublica
Since January, the White House has released 217 notices related to energy, barraging reporters with multiple missives each day.Amid Attacks, Obama Tries to Maintain High Ground on Energy | Daniel Stone | March 21, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Targets various—mostly "barraging" Mametz Wood and ground immediately to the west of it.Servants of the Guns | Jeffery E. Jeffery
The Germans were barraging the crest of the hill, with their universal-shell bursting high with black oily clouds.From Bapaume to Passchendaele, 1917 | Philip Gibbs
They were barraging the ground about Loos fiercely and continuously.Now It Can Be Told | Philip Gibbs
The roar of the guns was louder than ever again, barraging the second line.Saint's Progress | John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for barrage
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 barrage: the speaker was barraged with abuse
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