[buh-rahzh; especially British bar-ahzh for 1, 2, 4, 5; bahr-ij for 3]


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.

verb (used with object), bar·raged, bar·rag·ing.

to subject to a barrage.

Origin of barrage

1855–60; < French: blocking, barring off, barrier, equivalent to barr(er) to bar1 + -age -age; artillery sense by ellipsis from French tir de barrage barrier fire

Synonyms for barrage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of barraging

Historical Examples of barraging

  • The roar of the guns was louder than ever again, barraging the second line.

    Saint's Progress

    John Galsworthy

  • They were barraging the ground about Loos fiercely and continuously.

    Now It Can Be Told

    Philip Gibbs

  • The Germans were barraging the crest of the hill, with their universal-shell bursting high with black oily clouds.

  • Targets various—mostly "barraging" Mametz Wood and ground immediately to the west of it.

    Servants of the Guns

    Jeffery E. Jeffery

British Dictionary definitions for barraging



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 for barrage

C19: from French, from barrer to obstruct; see bar 1
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Word Origin and History for barraging



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper