[ buh-rahzh; especially British bar-ahzh for 1, 2, 4, 5; bahr-ij for 3 ]
/ bəˈrɑʒ; especially British ˈbær ɑʒ for 1, 2, 4, 5; ˈbɑr ɪdʒ 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.
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Example sentences from the Web for barraging
They were barraging the ground about Loos fiercely and continuously.Now It Can Be Told|Philip Gibbs
Targets various—mostly "barraging" Mametz Wood and ground immediately to the west of it.Servants of the Guns|Jeffery E. Jeffery
The roar of the guns was louder than ever again, barraging the second line.Saint's Progress|John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for barraging
/ (ˈbærɑːʒ) /
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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