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barrage

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noun bar·rage \ˈbär-ij\

Definition of barrage

  1. :  a dam placed in a watercourse to increase the depth of water or to divert it into a channel for navigation or irrigation

Origin and Etymology of barrage

French, from barrer to bar, from barre bar


First Known Use: 1837

Other Civil Engineering Terms


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barrage

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noun bar·rage \bə-ˈräzh, -ˈräj\

Definition of barrage

  1. 1 military :  artillery fire laid on a line (see 1line 6c) close to friendly troops to screen and protect them <The enemy laid down a barrage of machine-gun fire as our platoon approached the bridge.>

  2. 2 :  a vigorous or rapid outpouring or projection of many things at once <a barrage of phone calls> <unleashed a barrage of insults> <an oratorical barrage>

Origin and Etymology of barrage

French (tir de) barrage barrier fire


First Known Use: 1915


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barrage

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verb bar·rage \bə-ˈräzh, -ˈräj\

Definition of barrage

barraged

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barraging

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to deliver a barrage (see 2barrage) against <were barraged with bullets> <being barraged by campaign ads before the election>

Examples of barrage in a sentence

  1. <the star athlete was barraged with requests for an autograph>

Origin and Etymology of barrage

verbal derivative of 1barrage


First Known Use: 1918


BARRAGE Defined for English Language Learners


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verb bar·rage \bə-ˈräzh, -ˈräj\

Definition of barrage for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone) to receive a great amount of something : to direct a barrage of questions, comments, etc., at (someone)


BARRAGE Defined for Kids

barrage

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noun bar·rage \bə-ˈräzh\

Definition of barrage for Students

  1. 1 :  a heavy and continuous firing of weapons during a battle

  2. 2 :  a great amount of something that comes quickly and continuously <a barrage of commercials>



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