Definition of barrage in English:


Syllabification: bar·rage
Pronunciation: /bəˈräZH


  • 1A concentrated artillery bombardment over a wide area.
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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.
    bombardment, cannonade; gunfire, shelling; salvo, volley, fusillade
    historical broadside
  • 1.1A concentrated outpouring, as of questions or blows: she was not prepared for his barrage of questions a barrage of 60-second television spots
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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.
    deluge, stream, storm, torrent, onslaught, flood, shower, spate, tide, avalanche, hail, blaze; abundance, mass, profusion


[with object] (usually be barraged) Back to top  
  • Bombard (someone) with something: 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.


mid 19th century: from French, from barrer 'to bar', of unknown origin.

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