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1 [ruhsh]
verb (used without object)
to move, act, or progress with speed, impetuosity, or violence.
to dash, especially to dash forward for an attack or onslaught.
to appear, go, pass, etc., rapidly or suddenly: The blood rushed to his face.
Football. to carry the ball on a running play or plays.
verb (used with object)
to perform, accomplish, or finish with speed, impetuosity, or violence: They rushed the work to make the deadline.
to carry or convey with haste: to rush an injured person to the hospital.
to cause to move, act, or progress quickly; hurry: He rushed his roommate to get to the party on time.
to send, push, force, impel, etc., with unusual speed or haste: to rush a bill through Congress.
to attack suddenly and violently; charge.
to overcome or capture (a person, place, etc.).
Informal. to heap attentions on; court intensively; woo: to rush an attractive newcomer.
to entertain (a prospective fraternity or sorority member) before making bids for membership.
to carry (the ball) forward across the line of scrimmage.
to carry the ball (a distance) forward from the line of scrimmage: The home team rushed 145 yards.
(of a defensive team member) to attempt to force a way quickly into the backfield in pursuit of (the back in possession of the ball).
the act of rushing; a rapid, impetuous, or violent onward movement.
a hostile attack.
an eager rushing of numbers of persons to some region that is being occupied or exploited, especially because of a new mine: the gold rush to California.
a sudden appearance or access: a rush of tears.
hurried activity; busy haste: the rush of city life.
a hurried state, as from pressure of affairs: to be in a rush.
press of work, business, traffic, etc., requiring extraordinary effort or haste.
an attempt to carry or instance of carrying the ball across the line of scrimmage.
an act or instance of rushing the offensive back in possession of the ball.
a scrimmage held as a form of sport between classes or bodies of students in colleges.
rushes, Movies. daily ( def 4 ).
Informal. a series of lavish attentions paid a woman by a suitor: He gave her a big rush.
the rushing by a fraternity or sorority.
Also called flash. Slang. the initial, intensely pleasurable or exhilarated feeling experienced upon taking a narcotic or stimulant drug.
requiring or done in haste: a rush order; rush work.
characterized by excessive business, a press of work or traffic, etc.: The cafeteria's rush period was from noon to two in the afternoon.
characterized by the rushing of potential new members by a sorority or fraternity: rush week on the university campus.

1325–75; (v.) Middle English ruschen < Anglo-French russher, russer, Old French re(h)usser, re(h)user, ruser < Late Latin recūsāre, to push back, Latin: to refuse. See recuse, ruse; (noun) Middle English rus(s)che, derivative of the v.

rushingly, adverb
unrushed, adjective

1. hasten, run. Rush, hurry, dash, speed imply swiftness of movement. Rush implies haste and sometimes violence in motion through some distance: to rush to the store. Hurry suggests a sense of strain or agitation, a breathless rushing to get to a definite place by a certain time: to hurry to an appointment. Dash implies impetuosity or spirited, swift movement for a short distance: to dash to the neighbor's. Speed means to go fast, usually by means of some type of transportation, and with some smoothness of motion: to speed to a nearby city.

18. sloth, lethargy. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
rush1 (rʌʃ)
vb (when intr, often foll by at, in or into)
1.  to hurry or cause to hurry; hasten
2.  to make a sudden attack upon (a fortress, position, person, etc)
3.  to proceed or approach in a reckless manner
4.  rush one's fences to proceed with precipitate haste
5.  (intr) to come, flow, swell, etc, quickly or suddenly: tears rushed to her eyes
6.  slang to cheat, esp by grossly overcharging
7.  (US), (Canadian) (tr) to make a concerted effort to secure the agreement, participation, etc, of (a person)
8.  (intr) American football to gain ground by running forwards with the ball
9.  the act or condition of rushing
10.  a sudden surge towards someone or something: a gold rush
11.  a sudden surge of sensation, esp produced by a drug
12.  a sudden demand
13.  requiring speed or urgency: a rush job
14.  characterized by much movement, business, etc: a rush period
[C14 ruschen, from Old French ruser to put to flight, from Latin recūsāre to refuse, reject]

rush2 (rʌʃ)
1.  any annual or perennial plant of the genus Juncus, growing in wet places and typically having grasslike cylindrical leaves and small green or brown flowers: family Juncaceae Many species are used to make baskets
2.  any of various similar or related plants, such as the woodrush, scouring rush, and spike-rush
3.  something valueless; a trifle; straw: not worth a rush
4.  short for rush light
[Old English risce, rysce; related to Middle Dutch risch, Norwegian rusk, Old Slavonic rozga twig, rod]

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Word Origin & History

c.1340 (implied in rushing), "to drive back or down," from Anglo-Fr. russher, from O.Fr. ruser "to dodge, repel" (see ruse). Meaning "to do something quickly" is from 1659; transitive sense of "to hurry up (someone or something)" is from 1850. Football sense originally was
in rugby (1857). Fraternity/sorority sense is from 1896 (originally it was what the fraternity did to the student). The noun is attested from c.1380; sense of "mass migration of people" (especially to a gold field) is from 1848, Amer.Eng. Meaning "surge of pleasure" is from 1960s. Rush hour first recorded 1890.

"plant growing in marshy ground," O.E. resc, earlier risc, from P.Gmc. *rusk- (cf. M.L.G. rusch, M.H.G. rusch, W.Fris. risk). O.Fr. rusche probably is from a Gmc. source. Used for making torches and finger rings, also strewn on floors when visitors arrived; it was attested a type of "something of no
value" from c.1300.
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Medical Dictionary

Rush (rŭsh), Benjamin. 1745-1813.

American physician, politician, and educator. A signer of the declaration of independence, he promoted the humane treatment of the mentally ill.

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Bible Dictionary

Rush definition

the papyrus (Job 8:11). (See BULRUSH.) The expression "branch and rush" in Isa. 9:14; 19:15 means "utterly."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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