[buh-rahzh; especially British bar-ahzh for 1, 2, 4, 5; bahr-ij 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.

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
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barrage (ˈbærɑːʒ)
1.  military the firing of artillery to saturate an area, either to protect against an attack or to support an advance
2.  an overwhelming and continuous delivery of something, as words, questions, or punches
3.  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
4.  fencing a heat or series of bouts in a competition
5.  (tr) to attack or confront with a barrage: the speaker was barraged with abuse
[C19: from French, from barrer to obstruct; see bar1]

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Word Origin & History

1859, "man-made barrier in a stream," from Fr. barrer "to stop," from barre "bar," from O.Fr. barre (see bar (1)). Artillery sense is 1916, from World War I Fr. phrase tir de barrage "barrier fire" intended to isolate the objective.
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Example sentences
Despite the government's being barraged by inquiries, there has yet to be any
  official comment.
Opponents of reform barraged senators with so many calls that their phone
  system crashed.
Real estate professionals are often barraged with questions by their clients
  and customers on a wide range of subjects.
Managers and developers should plan to be barraged by tenants and public
  officials questioning your energy efficiency policies.
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