barrage[bə räz̸h′, -räj′]
A man faces a barrage of reporters.
- An example of a barrage is when 100 reporters all shoot questions at the president at the same time.
- An example of barrage is a large amount of gunfire with the purpose of keeping the enemy forces from moving forward.
- a curtain of artillery fire laid down to keep enemy forces from moving, or to cover or prepare the way for one's own forces, esp. in attack
- a heavy, prolonged attack of words, blows, etc.
Origin of barrageFrench in tir de barrage, barrier fire: see barrage
Origin of barrageFrench ; from barrer, to stop ; from barre, bar
Origin of barrageFrench, from barrer, to bar, from barre, bar, from Old French; see bar 1.
- A concentrated discharge or bombardment of artillery, missiles, or firearms.
- An overwhelming, concentrated outpouring, as of words or requests: a barrage of criticism.
transitive verbbar·raged, bar·rag·ing, bar·rag·es
Origin of barrageFrench (tir de) barrage, barrier (fire); see barrage1.
- an artificial obstruction, such as a dam, in a river designed to increase its depth or to divert its flow
- a heavy curtain of artillery fire directed in front of one's own troops to screen and protect them
- a concentrated discharge of projectile weapons
- (by extension) an overwhelming outburst of words, especially of criticism
- (fencing) A "next hit wins" contest to determine the winner of a bout in case of a tie.
(third-person singular simple present barrages, present participle barraging, simple past and past participle barraged)