onrush

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

Definition of onrush

1 : a rushing forward or onward
2 : onset

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Other Words from onrush

onrushing \ ˈȯn-​ˌrə-​shiŋ How to pronounce onrushing (audio) , 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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Bangladesh, with 160 million people and more than 130 rivers, is prone to monsoon floods because of overflowing rivers and the heavy onrush of water from upstream India. Wasbir Hussain, BostonGlobe.com, "78 dead in Nepal as flooding wreaks havoc in South Asia," 16 July 2019 Bangladesh, a low-lying delta nation of 160 million people with more than 130 rivers, is prone to monsoon floods because of overflowing rivers and the heavy onrush of water from upstream India. Binaj Gurubacharya, SFChronicle.com, "Heavy rain leaves scores dead in Nepal, India, Bangladesh," 14 July 2019 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 Bangladesh, with 160 million people and more than 130 rivers, is prone to monsoon floods because of overflowing rivers and the heavy onrush of water from upstream India. Wasbir Hussain, BostonGlobe.com, "78 dead in Nepal as flooding wreaks havoc in South Asia," 16 July 2019 Bangladesh, a low-lying delta nation of 160 million people with more than 130 rivers, is prone to monsoon floods because of overflowing rivers and the heavy onrush of water from upstream India. Binaj Gurubacharya, SFChronicle.com, "Heavy rain leaves scores dead in Nepal, India, Bangladesh," 14 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of onrush

circa 1784, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 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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