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barrage

noun bar·rage \ ˈbär-ij \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of barrage

: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

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barrage

noun bar·rage \ bə-ˈräzh , -ˈräj \

Definition of barrage

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 :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


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barrage

verb bar·rage \ bə-ˈräzh , -ˈräj \

Definition of barrage

barraged; barraging
transitive verb
: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 2barrage


BARRAGE Defined for English Language Learners

barrage

verb

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

noun bar·rage \ bə-ˈräzh \

Definition of barrage for Students

1 :a heavy and continuous firing of weapons during a battle
2 :a great amount of something that comes quickly and continuously
  • a barrage of commercials


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