barrage

noun (1)
bar·​rage | \ ˈbär-ij How to pronounce barrage (audio) \

Definition of barrage

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

barrage

noun (2)
bar·​rage | \ bə-ˈräzh How to pronounce barrage (audio) , -ˈräj How to pronounce barrage (audio) \

Definition of barrage (Entry 2 of 3)

1 military : artillery fire laid on a line (see line entry 1 sense 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

barrage

verb
bar·​rage | \ bə-ˈräzh How to pronounce barrage (audio) , -ˈräj How to pronounce barrage (audio) \
barraged; barraging

Definition of barrage (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to deliver a barrage (see barrage entry 2) against were barraged with bullets being barraged by campaign ads before the election

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Examples of barrage in a Sentence

Verb the star athlete was barraged with requests for an autograph

First Known Use of barrage

Noun (1)

1837, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for barrage

Noun (1)

French, from barrer to bar, from barre bar

Noun (2)

French (tir de) barrage barrier fire

Verb

verbal derivative of barrage entry 2

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The first known use of barrage was in 1837

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“Barrage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barrage. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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barrage

verb

English Language Learners Definition of barrage

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

barrage

noun
bar·​rage | \ bə-ˈräzh How to pronounce barrage (audio) \

Kids Definition of barrage

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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