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[in-ruhsh] /ˈɪnˌrʌʃ/
a rushing or pouring in.
Origin of inrush
1810-20; in-1 + rush1
Related forms
inrushing, noun, adjective Unabridged
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  • All the reserve of womanhood fell away from her in the inrush of emotions.

  • This tradition had been interrupted by the inrush of the wild libertarianism of the desert.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • Who would not be irritated by a splinter, he asks, if the irritation leads to such an inrush of divine power and grace?

    A Handful of Stars Frank W. Boreham
  • This action, which is quite likely, must have resulted from the inrush of water on the port side.

  • There was a slight jump to the boat's nose, but with the inrush of water as Foster went out, it sank.

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson
  • Then I feel, at first only faintly, something like an inrush of electric fluid.

    The Inferno August Strindberg
  • Seeing him, the woman tottered to her feet with a cry of alarm, and shaded her bleared eyes from the inrush of daylight.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • He choked back the inrush of memories and brushed away a tear.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • When he felt the inrush of air on his hands, which were then above his head, Jack reached forward.

  • As he spoke there was a terrifying crash of glass and an inrush of water.

    By Right of Conquest Arthur Hornblow
British Dictionary definitions for inrush


a sudden usually overwhelming inward flow or rush; influx
Derived Forms
inrushing, noun, adjective
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