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barrage

Noun

1 the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written) [syn: outpouring, onslaught]
2 the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target; "they laid down a barrage in front of the advancing troops"; "the shelling went on for hours without pausing" [syn: barrage fire, battery, bombardment, shelling] v : attack with a barrage; "The speaker was barraged by an angry audience"

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English

Etymology

From barrage

Noun

  1. an artificial obstruction, such as a dam, in a river designed to increase its depth or to divert its flow
  2. a heavy curtain of artillery fire directed in front of one's own troops to screen and protect them
  3. a concentrated discharge of projectile weapons
  4. In the context of "by extension": an overwhelming outburst of words, especially of criticism
  5. A "next hit wins" fight-off to determine the winner of a bout in case of a tie.

Translations

an artificial obstruction, such as a dam, in a river
a heavy curtain of artillery fire
a concentrated discharge of projectile weapons
an overwhelming outburst of words
A "next hit wins" fight-off

Verb

  1. to direct a barrage at someone; to bombard

French

Etymology

barrer + -age

Pronunciation

Noun

fr-noun m

Extensive Definition

A barrage may be
barrage in Bulgarian: Бараж
barrage in French: Barrage (homonymie)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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