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[buh-rahzh; especially British bar-ahzh for 1, 2, 4, 5; bahr-ij for 3] /bəˈrɑʒ; especially British ˈbær ɑʒ for 1, 2, 4, 5; ˈbɑr ɪdʒ for 3/
Military. a heavy barrier of artillery fire to protect one's own advancing or retreating troops or to stop the advance of enemy troops.
an overwhelming quantity or explosion, as of words, blows, or criticisms:
a barrage of questions.
Civil Engineering. an artificial obstruction in a watercourse to increase the depth of the water, facilitate irrigation, etc.
Mycology. an aversion response of sexually incompatible fungus cultures that are growing in proximity, revealed by a persistent growth gap between them.
verb (used with object), barraged, barraging.
to subject to a barrage.
Origin of barrage
1855-60; < French: blocking, barring off, barrier, equivalent to barr(er) to bar1 + -age -age; artillery sense by ellipsis from French tir de barrage barrier fire
2. volley, torrent, deluge, burst, storm. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Chinese city freezes plans for chemical plant after barrage of complaints.
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  • Milburn noted that it is important not to barrage consumers.
  • I'll certainly be prepared next year for the barrage of Santa questions.
  • It was the nation's deadliest barrage of twisters in almost 23 years.
  • The game the previous night began in a barrage of noise.
  • First, she faced a barrage of questions on her financial affairs, if something very disorganised can be called a barrage.
  • The barrage continued through the next day.
  • Some activists want to pull back, viewing the situation as a dangerously unarticulated barrage of anger.
  • Values have become liquidated because insensitivity has been created with the constant barrage of violence within our society.
British Dictionary definitions for barrage


(military) the firing of artillery to saturate an area, either to protect against an attack or to support an advance
an overwhelming and continuous delivery of something, as words, questions, or punches
a usually gated construction, similar to a low dam, across a watercourse, esp one to increase the depth of water to assist navigation or irrigation
(fencing) a heat or series of bouts in a competition
(transitive) to attack or confront with a barrage: the speaker was barraged with abuse
Word Origin
C19: from French, from barrer to obstruct; see bar1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for barrage

1859, "action of barring; man-made barrier in a stream," from French barrer "to stop," from barre "bar," from Old French barre (see bar (n.1)). Artillery sense is 1916, from World War I French phrase tir de barrage "barrier fire" intended to isolate the objective. As a verb by 1917. Related: Barraged; barraging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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