on·​rush | \ ˈȯn-ˌrəsh How to pronounce onrush (audio) , ˈän- \

Definition of onrush

1 : a rushing forward or onward
2 : onset

Other Words from onrush

onrushing \ ˈȯn-​ˌrə-​shiŋ How to pronounce onrush (audio) , ˈän-​ \ adjective

Examples of onrush in a Sentence

a sudden onrush of development in an area that was rural until very recently
Recent Examples on the Web Along with the media onrush and charitable response came another, far more malevolent form of attention. Elizabeth Williamson, The Atlantic, 2 June 2022 Not nearly enough venue doors were open, and attendees mistakenly believed the band was starting early when, according to the Who’s manager, the arena speakers blasted the film trailer for Quadrophenia, leading to a brutal onrush of fans. Asawin Suebsaeng, Rolling Stone, 18 May 2022 Was, in this vision, Maoism experiencing an onrush of popularity, and so experts, ones like Adam, were being tapped to give high-profile public lectures on the nuts and bolts of this important yet undercovered political theory? Matt B. Weir, Harper’s Magazine , 18 Jan. 2022 For the past half-century, the NRA has eagerly cultivated a pseudopopulist image of an armed and angry battery of righteous culture warriors of the right, beating back the faithless onrush of big government liberalism one armed citizen at a time. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 9 Nov. 2021 Clearly, humanity must learn to befriend AI, and be prepare for the onrush of technological advancements. Calvin Mackie, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 There is no proof that this drastic course of treatment is right for any, let alone all, of the onrush of children claiming to be transgender. Nathanael Blake, National Review, 10 June 2021 Obviously, much of that mighty onrush would flow unstoppably downstream, there to pass under the arches of the area’s many bridges. Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2020 White likewise said medical patients should not be displaced by the onrush of recreational customers. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, 5 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of onrush

circa 1784, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jun 2022

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“Onrush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onrush. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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on·​rush | \ ˈȯn-ˌrəsh How to pronounce onrush (audio) , ˈän- \

Kids Definition of onrush

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


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