Definition of barrage in English:

barrage

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Pronunciation: /ˈbarɑːʒ
 
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noun

  • 1A concentrated artillery bombardment over a wide area: his forces launched an artillery barrage on the city
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    • Surprisingly, a few enemy soldiers and vehicles had survived the concentrated artillery barrage and helicopter attack.
    • Most of the damage was done by the Sri Lankan military through air raids and artillery barrages.
    • This eliminates the traditional requirement for an area fire or artillery barrage.
    Synonyms
    bombardment, gunfire, cannonade, battery, blast, broadside, salvo, volley, fusillade; storm, hail, shower, cascade, rain, stream, blitz; shelling, wall/curtain/barrier of fire
  • 1.1An overwhelming number of questions, criticisms, or complaints delivered simultaneously or in rapid succession: a barrage of questions
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    • After facing a barrage of criticism from the aircraft industry, the federal government issued a call for a single tender last December, just days after Chretien left office.
    • Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw yesterday side-stepped a barrage of questions over the death of Government scientist Dr David Kelly.
    • It is now nearly four months since police imposed a dispersal order covering Rodbourne Cheney, Moredon and Green-meadow following a barrage of complaints about rowdy youths.
    Synonyms
    abundance, mass, superabundance, plethora, profusion; deluge, stream, storm, torrent, onslaught, flood, spate, tide, avalanche, hail, burst, blaze; outburst, outpouring
  • 2An artificial barrier across a river or estuary to prevent flooding, aid irrigation or navigation, or to generate electricity by tidal power: they are considering a tidal barrage built across the Severn estuary
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    • As a last example, suppose a development authority plans to build a barrage across an estuary to increase property values and generate opportunities for marina developments.
    • Dams and irrigation barrages have also added to the woes of the dolphins.
    • There is a 5mph speed limit on the whole of the river upstream of the barrage.
    Synonyms
    dam, weir, barrier, dyke, defence, embankment, wall, obstruction, gate, sluice

verb

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  • Bombard (someone) with questions, criticisms, or complaints: his doctor was barraged with unsolicited advice
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    • During our talk, he barraged me with questions about my relationship with Rowen.
    • They barraged him with questions, none of which John understood save for one; ‘Who is that?’
    • When Kait went downstairs that morning after taking a long, soothing shower, Aunt Sally immediately barraged her with questions.

Origin

mid 19th century (in sense 2 of the noun): from French, from barrer 'to bar', of unknown origin.

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