onrush

noun
on·rush | \ˈȯn-ˌrəsh, ˈän-\

Definition of onrush 

1 : a rushing forward or onward

2 : onset

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Other Words from onrush

onrushing \ˈȯn-ˌrə-shiŋ, ˈän- \ adjective

Examples of onrush in a Sentence

a sudden onrush of development in an area that was rural until very recently

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Back then, the bricklayers could barely keep pace with an onrush of Irish, German and Italian immigrants. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Collapse: The rise and deadly fall of a Baltimore rowhouse," 12 July 2018 By that point the valiant central pair — Laurel Dalley Smith and Ari Mayzick — have joined with the work’s three other couples in an onrush of turns, lifts and near-collisions that break through the stiffness of earlier sections. Siobhan Burke, New York Times, "Review: For the Martha Graham Company, Opposites Attract," 12 Apr. 2018 Too often, skeptics of the mayor’s plan say, that means someone who looks dangerous but actually needs help is met with an onrush of officers who know nothing about him. Benjamin Mueller, Jan Ransom And Luis FerrÉ-sadurnÍ, New York Times, "Locals Knew He Was Mentally Ill. The Officers Who Shot Him Did Not.," 5 Apr. 2018 What is wagashi but a way of making beauty out of the onrush of days, marking each infinitesimal shift in season, each irretrievable inch around the sun? Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Sweets as Poignant as Poetry," 14 Aug. 2017 No matter the good intentions of the parents or how self-sacrificing their desire to keep their child at home, adolescence, with its onrush of agitating hormones, tends to make home care an impossibility. Special To The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "In “Shtum,” parents wreck their home to find a better one for their autistic son," 26 May 2017 No matter the good intentions of the parents or how self-sacrificing their desire to keep their child at home, adolescence, with its onrush of agitating hormones, tends to make home care an impossibility. Eli Gottlieb, chicagotribune.com, "In 'Shtum,' parents wreck their home to find a better one for their autistic son.," 30 May 2017 No matter the good intentions of the parents or how self-sacrificing their desire to keep their child at home, adolescence, with its onrush of agitating hormones, tends to make home care an impossibility. Special To The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "In “Shtum,” parents wreck their home to find a better one for their autistic son," 26 May 2017 No matter the good intentions of the parents or how self-sacrificing their desire to keep their child at home, adolescence, with its onrush of agitating hormones, tends to make home care an impossibility. Eli Gottlieb, chicagotribune.com, "In 'Shtum,' parents wreck their home to find a better one for their autistic son.," 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of onrush

circa 1784, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of onrush was circa 1784

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onrush

noun

English Language Learners Definition of onrush

: a strong, fast movement forward

: a sudden development or appearance of something

onrush

noun
on·rush | \ˈȯn-ˌrəsh, ˈän-\

Kids Definition of onrush

: a strong fast movement forward We got caught in the onrush of shoppers.

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